Sanchez to Chelsea? Koscielny injured and Dyche in the dugout?

Afternoon Bulletin

Sanchez to Chelsea

That is according to the Telegraph which is reporting Alexis Sanchez sees his ideal destination as Chelsea. Manager Arsene Wenger would be reluctant to sell Sanchez to another Premier League club with a move abroad being more favourable. However, it won’t be the first time Arsenal sell one of its top players to a rival club. The other option is Arsenal let Sanchez’s contract wind down.

Ospina to Fenerbahce

Colombian keeper David Ospina is set to leave Arsenal in the summer with Turkish side Fenerbahce his likely destination. Ospina is quoted to be worth £5m and with wages of around £40,000 figures well within what Fenerbahce can afford. It would leave Arsenal short in the goalkeeping department if Ospina does leave, with Wojciech Szczesny also departing in the summer, leaving Damian Emiliano Martinez as backup to Petr Cech, with perhaps Matt Macey as third choice goalkeeper.

Injury news

Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game against West Ham after damaging his Achilles tendon suffered during Sunday’s match against Manchester City.

Another absentee will be Petr Cech who is still out injured, leaving David Ospina to continue in goal.

Transfer in

A scolding from England manager Gareth Southgate was enough to get a performance out of Ivorian Wilfried Zara at the weekend, which likewise links every club to the winger in the summer, with Arsenal now taking an interest in the player. Zaha has played well this season with six goals and seven assists to his name. Tottenham failed with a £15m bid in the last window so his fee could rise to around £20m come the summer.

Arsenal face disappointment after showing an interest in Wolverhampton Wanderers attacking midfielder Helder Costa, with Ligue 1 Monaco poised to make a bid for the Portuguese youngster. Costa is said to have a £20m release clause in his contract which Arsenal may want to activate.

Another player apparently on Arsenal’s radar is Alex Sandro of Juventus. The full back would cost in the region on £35m.

Dyche In

This is according to Paul Merson who thinks the ideal person to take over from current manager Arsene Wenger is Burnley boss Sean Dyche. Now I have to wonder what Merson is thinking at times but everyone has a right to their opinions. Although I am somewhat surprised that Merson didn’t name Hull manager Marco Silva as a potential Arsenal manager, considering how much he rated him when he first went to the North East.