Trevor Sinclair feels the time is right for West Ham to sell Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko, while he also told talkSPORT (4 September, 9.20am) the “awful” Felipe Anderson should go too amid surprise links with Arsenal.
The Gunners have already snapped up one Premier League benchwarmer on an initial loan deal this year and, if reports are to be believed, a £40 million Brazilian could be set to join former Southampton right-back Cedric Soares in north London.
Anderson looked a shadow of his brilliant best during a dismal second season at the London Stadium, scoring only one goal in 20 starts.
But the Mirror reported on Thursday the former Lazio flyer could join fellow Brazilians David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli and Willian at Arsenal – if Mikel Arteta’s side are willing to part with a £5 million loan fee.
And Hammers hero Sinclair would happily drive Anderson across London himself, alongside two other attackers.
“Lanzini – with his injuries, he’s probably not going to get back to that kind of level (he showed earlier in his West Ham career),” said Sinclair, who added he was baffled by the sale of exciting youngster Grady Diangana to West Brom.
“I’d rather have Diangana. Yarmolenko, again, he’s had injuries. Would you continue with him or go for Diangana? I’d go for Diangana.
“And then Felipe Anderson was awful last season. The sooner you get him out the door, the better.”
Interestingly, one-time Arsenal favourite Ray Parlour agrees with Sinclair’s assessment of the once talismanic Anderson, questioning his work rate.
“He goes missing,” Parlour said. “When things aren’t going well for you, you’ve got to dig in and help your team-mates and do a little more work off the ball. He probably doesn’t do that, does he? He’s alright when you’ve got the ball!”
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