Arsene Wenger Takes Swipe at Man City, Praises Man United Transfer Practices

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger certainly had a very newsworthy press conference on Thursday. During the session, he managed to take a swipe at Manchester City’s transfer practices, praise how Manchester United does business, give an update of sorts on the Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan transfer situation and raise the ire of Borussia Dortmund due to his comments on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

He accomplished a lot in a very small space!

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BVB Slams Arsene Wenger, Arsenal Over Aubameyang Comments

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger answered a question about transfer rumors relating to BVB striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at his news conference today, and Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc didn’t react too kindly to that.

With a deal for Alexis Sanchez potentially imminent, there has been a whole lot of speculation about the next transfer domino to fall- who would Arsenal obtain as a replacement?

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Arsene Wenger: Sanchez, Mkhitaryan Swap Deal “Likely to Happen”

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stated that a swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal that would exchange Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is “likely to happen” within the next 48 hours. He also confirmed that the deal isn’t done yet, and there remains still the possibility that Alexis will remain with the Gunners this weekend.

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United to Reportedly Smash Salary Records in Alexis Sanchez Deal

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Nothing is official yet, but the Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United transfer seems to be drawing closer and closer. When the deal is done, the Arsenal star man could become the highest paid player in British history. Here’s what a few outlets are saying about the huge wage bill the Chilean will supposedly command at Old Trafford.

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Antonio Conte Downplays Chelsea Interest in Alexis Sanchez

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round replay at home versus Norwich City, played down his club’s interest in Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. Yesterday brought reports of Manchester City ending their interest in Sanchez, and believing that Chelsea had reached out to the player’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, hoping to hijack Manchester United’s bid to acquire the Chilean.

Given the recent row between Conte and United manager Jose Mourinho, any narrative of conflict between the two clubs is certainly very believable at this point.

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Agent Mino Raiola: Henrikh Mkhitaryan Key to Alexis Sanchez Deal

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Mino Raiola, agent of Manchester United winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan, spoke out about the future of his client, and his impact on the Alexis Sanchez transfer situation. While Mkhitaryan has had an underwhelming career at United, he still holds the key to getting the Sanchez deal done.

Or at least that’s what Mino Raiola (who also represents United players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba) claims.

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Mourinho Believes Mkhitaryan Gives Him Advantage in Sanchez Derby

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Prior to Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Stoke City tonight, manager Jose Mourinho gave an update on the status of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Mourinho explained that he had to drop the Armenian because his player’s mind wasn’t as focused on the match, and instead fixated on his future, which could be with another club.

That club is Arsenal of course, with Mkhitaryan consistently being linked in a deal for Alexis Sanchez. After the match, Mourinho implied that he believes the attacking player could be a key piece in getting a transfer deal done. The United boss also maintains that Mkhitaryan gives him an advantage over other clubs in the race to acquire Sanchez, although Mourinho did not say Chelsea specifically.

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Man United Frontrunners for Alexis Sanchez, Chelsea Now In, Man City Out

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Just in case you thought the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga didn’t have enough plot twists, don’t worry, because today brought not one, but two more. According to multiple reports across the United Kingdom, Manchester United remain the front-runners to acquire the Arsenal forward, but Chelsea are now in, and Manchester City have now pulled out.

We now have an old-fashioned bidding war on our hands, and with that, a lot of the familiar archetypes that you have for each team apply to this situation (at least to some extent).

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Mourinho Drops Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Fuels Arsenal Transfer Speculation

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Jose Mourinho has fueled further speculation that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is on his way to Arsenal by both what he did and what he said just minutes ago. First, Mourinho dropped Mkhitaryan completely from the matchday squad, despite saying over the weekend that the winger would see some action against Stoke City tonight.

Secondly, it’s what Mourinho said in his pregame interview that conveys Mkhitaryan’s days in a red shirt are almost certainly over:

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Arsenal Pursuing Malcolm, Despite Bordeaux Disinterest in Selling

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Arsenal are looking at young Brazilian star Malcolm as the potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who is soon closing in on a deal to join one of the Manchester clubs. While the Gunners see the 20-year-old as a coveted addition in their attack, his current team, Bordeaux, are insistent on not selling.

Leadership from the Ligue 1 side maintain that they won’t be doing any business of this sort during this January transfer window.

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Alexis Sanchez Doesn’t Travel with Arsenal Amidst Manchester Clubs Transfer Talk

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It appears that the future of Alexis Sanchez will certainly be decided in the coming days.

It might even be settled in the coming hours. The Chilean did not travel with Arsenal to the team’s 2-1 loss at Bournemouth today, and heading into this match, manager Arsene Wenger admitted that his star forward won’t return to the club after this season.

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Angry Arsenal FC Supporter Goes Viral Online After Gunners Shock Defeat

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Behold this man, he is the next animated sports fan who will soon become a GIF, a meme and more online. He’s a frustrated and upset Arsenal FC supporter who appears to have potentially reached his breaking point with his club. Perhaps the 2-1 loss at Bournemouth today is a bridge too far for this guy and his support for the team.

Maybe he’ll remain loyal to the team after the shock defeat, and today’s result is not actually the straw that breaks the Arsenal FC fandom back. Either way, he’s trending on social media, going viral online, and getting a lot of television airtime worldwide.

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