Arsene Wenger looks to life after Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal triumph against Crystal Palace
The drawn out switch saga of Alexis Sanchez is nearing a conclusion, Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger mentioned on Saturday, and his staff’s demolition of Crystal Palace instructed that they may have the opportunity to get by with out their Chilean ahead. A scintillating begin set the tone for a 4-1 victory, Arsenal’s first win of 2018, exhibiting the north London facet at their fluid greatest to finish a five-game winless run – even as Sanchez was omitted pending a potential transfer to Manchester United.
The consequence instructed that whereas Sanchez’s world-class attacking abilities will likely be missed, the doubtless conclusion of his transfer might let Arsenal prosper with out the distraction of probably the most high-profile switch saga of the January window. “The period of uncertainty was difficult… Once things are clear, the team responds and focusses on the job,” Wenger mentioned at a information convention after the victory over Palace.
“We started well, played well, and played the kind of football we want to play and that we know we can play when everybody is focussed.” Arsenal swept Palace away with 4 objectives in a blistering first 22 minutes. Defender Nacho Monreal scored and picked up two assists, whereas striker Alexandre Lacazette scored his first objective since early December.
The return of German playmaker Mesut Ozil, who laid on a stupendous backheeled help for Lacazette’s objective, additionally helped Arsenal followers to neglect the absence of Sanchez, who was unnoticed of the squad for a second straight sport. Wenger joked that whereas he had been tempted to choose Sanchez, the logistics of transfers made his inclusion tougher.
“I didn’t take him because there is this question of him moving to Manchester United, you cannot drive up north and as well play football,” he mentioned . “That’s difficult, so that’s why I decided to leave him out.” He mentioned that the switch was “likely”, and could possibly be confirmed within the subsequent 48 hours. The deal would see Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan transfer to the Gunners, which made talks extra sophisticated and was slowing them down, Wenger mentioned.
Wenger didn’t touch upon hypothesis linking Arsenal to Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a potential Sanchez substitute. Yet even with out new reinforcements, Crystal Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson mentioned that Arsenal had a staff that might punish anybody, no matter Sanchez’s absence.
“With the quality of players they have… they’re always capable of producing that type of scintillating 20, 25 minute spell which really put the game beyond doubt,” he mentioned.