Alexis Sanchez returned to training yesterday, with many believing that he had ‘pulled a sicky’, yet the player seemed to be in happy spirits back at the Arsenal training ground. There are still doubts to whether he will start in the Community Shield after his recent illness, although it’s quite a feat to be able to stop the Chilean running onto the pitch, whether he’s ill/injured etc. With the Community Shield mostly a glorified friendly, the player should play some part in the fixture, having not featured in any of Arsenal’s pre season friendlies.
It’s been quiet on the transfer front in terms of incomings to the club, however the same can’t be said about the outgoings. Kieran Gibbs and Lucas Perez were both in training yesterday along with the Chilean, however, the pair is expected to leave the club this Summer. There’s talk about Newcastle United being after the Spaniard, who should be able to offer more money than the strikers former club. With the Gunners holding out for £13m to try and recoup some of the money they paid for the player only a year ago.
There’s no recent news about Kieran Gibbs, Watford seems to still be after the player, though it seems that wages are becoming a big factor when Arsenal are trying to offload players. With the lower teams deeming not being able to afford what we’ve been paying these fringe players over the past few years. Whether Arsenal will consider subsidising the wages just to get them off the payroll is yet to be seen, or even consider lowering their asking prices so the lower clubs can afford the wages could also be an option.
David Ospina is also set to stay at the club after the goalkeeper said that he’s determined to earn the number 1 spot from Petr Cech. With Wojciech Szczesny leaving for Juventus, it means that the Columbian is second in line when Cech decides to call it a day. With Ospina staying it means it’s likely to lead to a loan move for Emiliano Martínez, who is rated highly by Wenger and who won’t want to see the player leave.