Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that there is relief that the uncertainty surrounding the transfer saga is finally over and done with.
The Arsenal star who joined the Gunners four years ago from Barcelona left the club after refusing to sign a contract extension, a little less than a year ago. However, despite Alexis Sanchez leaving the club for Manchester United, Arsenal did manage to snag Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal with the Red Devils, which does give them hope for the future.
But while replacing the prolific Sanchez is going to be tough for the Gunners, especially in this highly inflated transfer market, Arsenal have targeted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a potential replacement for the Chilean. The 29 year old Gabon international has been in fine form for Dortmund and has flourished ever since he transformed from a winger to a striker.
However, in an interview with Sky Sports after the semi-final clash against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Arsene Wenger went on to say, “We lost a great player. But when a team doesn’t know what’s going on there is less clarity and less focus on what’s important – the performance. Now we know we have to deal with that and get on by everybody giving a little bit more.
It’s a great, satisfying night for us because we managed to beat a strong team and I felt that in January we paid a heavy price for uncertainty that was existing in our dressing room. Now we are back with more clarity, we know what we have to do and we can focus on our game and so we had difficult months, but we responded well.”
The Gunners have had a decent start to the post-Alexis Sanchez era, beating Crystal Palace 4-1 after a frenzy of goals in a 20 minute period and now beating Antonio Conte’s Chelsea 2-1 in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg. After a rather boring 0-0 draw, where the VAR was called into play multiple times, the second leg at the Emirates was full of action.
🎶 We’re the famous Arsenal and we’re going BACK to Wembley 🎶
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 24, 2018
Arsene Wenger further added talking about the League cup and the finals against Manchester City in Wembley on the 25th of February, “It is unfinished business yes, because we didn’t win, but we are again at Wembley and many times we were there, but we are in the final again and we can take our fans there.
They are a strong side, they look unstoppable, but at the end of the day we have one chance to beat them and if you play at your best that is what we will try to do.
While it’s certainly too early to tell, Arsenal’s post-Alexis Sanchez phase has started off well and the Gunners look positive going forward and even defensively. However, replacing the Chilean’s attacking threat and goal-output needs to be a major concern and something that needs to be replaced fast.