Incoming Premier League manager Pep Guardiola could be about to throw a major spanner in the works for Arsenal as he looks to reunite with his former Barcelona colleague Alexis Sanchez.
The two-time Champions League-winning boss is to take over at Manchester City from next season and it looks as though he wants to make an impression as quickly as possible, in terms of transfers at the very least.
According to The Sun, Guardiola has his eye on three Premier League stars, Everton’s John Stones, Spurs’ Danny Rose as well as the aforementioned ex-Barca attacker and key Arsenal man Sanchez.
While the signings on their own would be welcome additions when it comes to strengthening a City squad that looks in need of rejuvenation following an under par league campaign, they would also considerably weaken fellow title chasers Arsenal and Spurs’ chances of putting up a fight.
City are by no means a certainty to be within touching distance of silverware after the most unpredictable Premier League season in a generation, however weakening those around you whilst simultaneously bolstering your own squad could just be a masterstroke by the Bayern Munich boss, should these three transfers actually come to fruition.
For Arsenal it would be a gut punch to lose one of their most potent attackers and all-round creative outlets to one of their main rivals.
The Gunners may have finished second this term, but in truth Arsenal were out of the title race long ago. Only for Spurs’ final day capitulation away to Newcastle, Arsene Wenger’s men would have finished third, a position more befitting the type of season they had.
Despite most predicting that Leicester City will struggle to recreate the feat they achieved this year, Arsenal simply cannot afford to lose players of Sanchez’s quality if they’re to truly challenge, with others – City included – only going to become stronger over the summer months – and Guardiola could just be the man to hinder the Gunners’ dreams for yet another season if he gets his way in the window.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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