ARSENE WENGER must get rid of Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window. Charlie Nicholas says Arsene Wenger must get rid of Alexis Sanchez in January
That’s according to Sky Sports pundit and Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas.
Sanchez is out of contract in the summer and he can leave the Emirates on a free transfer - or for a cut-price fee in January.
And Nicholas reckons Wenger should sell the Chile international and sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, a new right-back, a centre-half and a holding midfielder.
“I don't think much has changed from the summer in that there are a few players Arsene Wenger needs to move on,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“The key for me is unloading all of the players who are not doing the business to freshen up the squad.
“Top of that list is Alexis Sanchez. Just move him on and end this farce. With that money, the top of the list of positions is at least one centre-back - two ideally - but that's not realistic in this window, so one top centre-back.
“I’m also interested in us getting a right-back to push Hector Bellerin, with Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers also on the list of players I would move on.
“It has been so poor defensively for four, five seasons and a defensive-minded midfielder would really help us out.
“I don't bring Steven N'Zonzi into that party, I'd be more interested in somebody like Abdoulaye Doucoure, who could play a deeper role quite nicely for us.
“I also think Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott would want out so we would need cover in those attacking areas and I would consider Wilfried Zaha and would have him ahead of Riyad Mahrez.”