Arsenal may be 90 minutes away from reaching their third FA Cup final in four seasons with a semi-final clash to come against Manchester City, but the Gunners are still keeping an eye on the Premier League top-four and will be hoping Burnley and Crystal Palace can do them a favour in their respective games against Manchester United (5th) and Liverpool (3rd), to give them hope of gaining ground.
The 23-year-old England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is thought to be ready to quit Arsenal at the end of the season.
Ox is cutting a frustrating figure at the Emirates this season with the winger being used sporadically by Arsene Wenger and, in most cases, is being forced to play as a midfielder.
Unsettled by his limited playing time and the fact he is being forced out of his natural position, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is considering his options as the likes of Liverpool and most recently Manchester United look his way.
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has been publicly criticised by manager Jose Mourinho potentially to breaking point, with reports suggesting a parting of company in the summer as a result. And with Arsenal needing a left-back given the advancing age of their incumbent, should they look at Shaw?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks set to be staying at the club for another two seasons, in which time he will be tasked with future-proofing the squad to ensure his successor isn’t left with an ageing side undergoing a transitional period. This means a youth injection in the transfer market to cover each position, and one position needed will be at left-back.
Manchester United are monitoring the situations of Arsenal pair Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to the Metro.
The reports suggest that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is looking at adding to his midfield options in the summer, with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ozil being two players of interest to the Portuguese boss.
Never really nailed down a first team spot
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for all his supposed potential has never really nailed down a spot in the Gunners starting line-up. He has been in and out of the team in recent years and despite the Gunners not always thriving has struggled to get in the team on a regular basis.
Yesterday Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed that he knew what he future holds after the Frenchman saw his side slip to a 3-1 defeat at midtable West Brom.
The defeat means that the Gunners are fifth-place in the Premier League with a game in hand on fourth-place Liverpool. The north London clubs annual position in the top four looks to be in jeopardy.
Defeat only adds to speculation over Wenger’s future
The rather disappointing display and defeat in the Midlands just added to speculation over the future of Wenger at the club. It was yet another defeat in what has been a highly disappointing run of form of late for the Gunners.
It seems that Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s future on Merseyside is in doubt after it was revealed on Tuesday that he will not sign a new deal with the Toffees. It means that the Premier League’s top scorer could be available in the summer. The 23-year-old would definitely not be cheap to sign, but maybe he could be the answer to Arsenal’s striker conundrum.
A new striker a good place to start the rebuild
Arsenal fans have felt that the team has needed a top-class striker for the past few seasons. With big changes set to take place this summer, as the squad arguably needs a rebuild.
Manchester United are set to make a double swoop on Arsenal for star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, according to the Daily Express. Any deal would be regarded as a kick in the teeth to Gunners fans everywhere.
Both players will have 12 months left in their Arsenal contracts in the summer, so may be sold rather than the north London club losing them for nothing in the summer of 2018.
The Express claims that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is monitoring Sanchez’s situation in particularly, as the Portuguese boss aims to build a team that is more capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.
It’s only been a week since the January transfer window was closed, but the rumour mill is still running in full speed as the media begin to speculate on summer dealings.
As usual, Arsenal are one of the main transfer topics and the latest reports coming from the British tabloid the Sun are claiming that Gunners are readying a move for the Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.
The experienced 35-year-old has enjoyed a fine season under Jose Mourinho and is still managing to keep his place in the team despite the stiff competition for places in the stur-studded squad.
According to the Metro (yes, I know!), Arsenal have held talks with the representatives of West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet to establish if the French star would be interested in moving to the Emirates Stadium.
The same report suggests Manchester United have also made similar enquiries about Payet’s availability, although Payet moving to another Premier League club seems unlikely.
Payet is homesick in London
Payet being spotted in an Arsenal or United shirt anytime soon looks highly unlucky at the moment. The 29-year-old recently told West Ham that he wanted to leave and would not play for the Hammers again.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud wasn’t too full of smiles after coming off the bench to score a late equaliser against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League, having been forced to make do with cameo appearances while Alexis Sanchez leads the line in his stead, but manager Arsene Wenger has downplayed Giroud’s frustration and believes the Frenchman still has a big role to play over the course of the campaign.