Quick links

Arsenal

Signing Fekir would help Arsenal cope with possible departures

Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Lyon star is Arsenal's best option if Sanchez and Ozil depart.

Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir (L) vies with Everton's Congolese midfielder Beni Baningime during the Europa League (C3) football match Olympique Lyonnais (OL) versus Everton FC on...

Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for Lyon star Nabil Fekir.

The Gunners are preparing a £60 million bid for the French midfielder and are confident of finalising the deal, as reported by the Daily Star.

If the move did go ahead then it could well pave the way for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to leave Arsenal, with the pair nearing the end of their current contracts and yet to agree new deals.

France's midfielder Nabil Fekir (L) and France's midfielder Moussa Sissoko (R) vie with Ivory Coast's defender Serge Aurier (C) during the friendly football match France vs Ivory Coast on...

Losing two players of the quality of Sanchez and Ozil, on top of Arsenal's many other issues, would undoubtedly represent a major blow for the club but, at this juncture at least, their departures appear rather inevitable.

Signing Fekir, who has made a scintillating start to the season that has seen him score eleven goals in as many Ligue 1 games, would certainly go some way towards softening the blow.

Mesut Ozil of Arenal is dejected after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 27, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

There is also the additional benefit that, if he was to join Arsenal Fekir would be reunited with striker Alexandre Lacazette, with whom he dovetailed so effectively at Lyon.

Of all the options available to Arsenal to potentially replace Ozil and Sanchez, Fekir appears the best choice and it seems that there is a genuine chance of the deal taking place.

 

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch