Former Chelsea and PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti has described the sale of the German playmaker on a club record fee of £42.5 million for the Gunners as ‘a mistake’ but how could this admission potentially affect any potential deals between the two European giants this January?
It has been well documented in the run up to the transfer window’s opening on January 1st and since that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may be preparing to sign Spanish striker Alvaro Morata on loan from Real Madrid to relieve the goal burden on Olivier Giroud.
Injury to Theo Walcott who will be out for at least six months only compound’s the French coach’s need to bring in another forward threat with his compatriot Karim Benzema also named in the frame as a potential target for the North Londoners.
Ancelotti, meanwhile, has already ruled out the possibility of any player coming or going out at the Bernabeu following a summer splash in the market with world record signing Gareth Bale, which, ultimately, underpinned the sale of Ozil to Arsenal.
"I think we made a mistake when we gave him the possibility to leave the club," said Ancelotti.
"However, we have fantastic strikers and don’t need a back-up after Higuain’s departure."
His comment about 'not needing a back-up' is just a further hint Real Madrid will not be selling or loaning Alvaro Morata anywhere.
Ancelotti knows if he loans Morata out, and something happens to Benzema, he will be left in a worse position than Arsenal are in now.
He simply can't afford to be talking about a second errant decision come May at a club who have been known t sack their managers even for winning 'only' the La Liga title.
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