The summer is almost upon us, ladies and gentlemen, but unlike last year that doesn’t mean we’re going to get World Cup football. I know, we’re as sad about it as you are, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. The common thought process is that all forms of international football stem from either the World Cup or the European Championships – but that isn’t the case. This summer we’ll get to see a series of tournaments and nations battling it out, but in a different kind of environment.
Former Arsenal midfielder Edu has confirmed that he has held talks with the north London club about becoming the next technical director. However, he has stated that he is currently concentrating on his role in the technical director of the Brazilian national team, with the Copa America this summer.
Edu is reportedly the Gunners preferred target to take the role after the highly-rated Monchi returned to his former club Roma after a stint with Roma in Italy.
Waiting until after the Copa America
Edu is quoted by the Metro as saying: ‘I had a conversation with Arsenal. There’s an interest,’
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was named Copa America Centenario Player of the Tournament after leading Chile to a successful defence of the trophy. The former Barcelona man has been outstanding this summer, scoring and creating five goals in six games for the champions.
He made the Copa America Centenario Best XI along with seven other Chile players and three Argentinean faces. Arsenal will be delighted to see their key players looking in such fantastic form ahead of the new season, but they won’t be happy to see his recent excursions leading to an injury that might infringe on pre-season.
According to the Sunday Express, Italian champions Juventus are targeting Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez as a replacement for Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, who returned to former-club Real Madrid earlier this week.
Ironically Morata had been linked with a move to North London, but the striker has now vowed to fight for his place in the Spanish capital.
Juventus wanting Alexis Sanchez as Morata replacement
It is not surprising that Alexis Sanchez is being targeted by Juve. He made his name in Italy with Udinese and has impressed in his two seasons at Arsenal. His ability to play in a number of positions and energy have been two of the biggest facets of his game with the Gunners.
Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has been earning the plaudits for Colombia during this summer’s Copa America Centenario, making the “save of the tournament” in a 2-1 victory over Paraguay, and could receive offers from a number of sides after the tournament if game time continues to allude him at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite doing little wrong in his brief period as the club’s #1 following his 2014-move from OGC Nice, but has made a total of 22 Premier League appearances in his two seasons for Arsenal. Former Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech was signed in the summer of 2015 to become the club’s first-choice between the sticks, and it may see Ospina finally concede defeat in his quest to be a mainstay for the Gunners.
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are seeking talks with Chilean star Alexis Sanchez this summer in order to establish if he wants to stay in north London.
Sanchez is believed to be frustrated at Arsenal after a relatively disappointing campaign following a stellar debut campaign with the club from north London. The former-Barcelona star is reported to have stormed out of the Emirates Stadium after being substituted against Norwich recently.
Injury and fatigue hampered his campaign
Recent rumours of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger giving star player Alexis Sanchez a rest have not gone down well with the Chilean. Sanchez took to Instagram to offer those lacking energy some of his.
The former-Barcelona star played 90 minutes for Chile in their 3-0 defeat against Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night. He was a doubt for the clash with a calf problem, but apparently came through the game without a problem.
Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez’s form this season has been a major concern. He has obviously been suffering from the effects of not having a summer break, having participated in the Copa America with Chile.
However, that is probably not the only reason he has not been at his energetic best this season. Sometimes you need a slice of luck, and Sanchez simply has not had that in recent games.
In the recent home game against Stoke the Chilean hit the woodwork, and was unlucky not to open his goalscoring account for the season.
According to a report conducted by Soccerex, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez was the best value signing in Europe last season. The Chilean international played 86 per cent of minutes for the Gunners last season, after costing the north London side £35million from Barcelona.
Sanchez enjoyed a fruitful first campaign in the English top-flight, scoring 16 goals in the Premier League and producing eight assists as well in an impressive debut campaign for the Gunners.
Sanchez has not quite got going this season though, as his participation in the Copa America with Chile delayed his return to pre-season training with Arsene Wenger’s team.
Arsenal are by no means a one-man team, but the return to the starting line-up of Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez for Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace will be a major boost for the Gunners.
The Gunners seemed to lack energy and urgency in attack against West Ham in their opening game of the Premier League campaign. Sanchez is just the man to provide that for his team this weekend and for the rest of the season.
Sanchez was given an extended leave after he helped his national team to glory at this year’s Copa America on home soil, so missed the clubs pre-season campaign.