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Paper Round: Wenger criticises Sanchez as club-record Aubameyang deal edges closer

Paper Round: Wenger criticises Sanchez as club-record Aubameyang deal edges closer

21/01/2018 at 22:47Updated 22/01/2018 at 09:06

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised Alexis Sanchez for his decision to leave as the deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang edged closer. It's Monday's Paper Round.

Wenger criticises Sanchez

We start with quotes from Arsene Wenger who has hit out at the departing Alexis Sanchez. Wenger told reporters he couldn't see why anyone would leave Arsenal and pointed out that if Manchester City pulled out of the running it was a sign of the sort of demands that Sanchez was making, demands that Arsenal couldn't make.

Paper Round's view: On the one hand Wenger's quotes on the wage demands, particularly with regards to City pulling out, make a lot of sense. On the other hand there are plenty of reasons to leave Arsenal given the uncertainty about the management's future and the fact they are facing a second consecutive season outside of the Champions League.

Gunners to make club-record bid for Aubameyang

In The Mirror it is reported that Wenger is privately confident that a deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund is close. A bid of £45 million has been rejected but Arsenal are reportedly prepared to spend more than the £52 million they spent to bring Alexandre Lacazette to the club over the summer.

Paper Round's view: Getting Aubameyang in along with Henrikh Mkhitaryan does represent excellent business for Arsenal, especially if they can persuade Mesut Ozil to stay as well. Those three, and Lacazette, rotating in the forward positions, along with a fully fit Jack Wilshere makes for exciting times for Arsenal fans.

Hazard doesn't agree with Chelsea transfer targets

In most of the papers there are quotes from Chelsea forward Eden Hazard who has said he doesn't believe the club need to sign a target man. Chelsea have been linked with a host of big strikers but Hazard, who scored a brace on Saturday, said that the team have two good strikers in Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi whilst he believes he can also play there.

Paper Round's view: Hazard makes a valid point, especially when you consider that Pedro can also be used as a forward if needed. This probably comes down to Antonio Conte's lack of faith in Batshuayi more than a genuine need for a big man...

Stoke launch bid for Jack Harrison

Finally we end with a story in The Mail who report that Stoke City have launched a bid worth £3.25 million for New York City FC's forward Jack Harrison. The former Liverpool and Manchester United academy player has impressed in MLS and recently earned a call-up to the England U-21 side. He was born in Stoke before moving to Bolton as a child.

Paper Round's view: There's nothing wrong with signing exciting young English talent and for that fee Harrison represents excellent value. Of course there will be a degree of uncertainty with how he deals with the move to the Premier League but he deserves his chance.