The fact that Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year contract suggests that he is confident that Arsenal can challenge for major silverware in the next couple of seasons, though most pundits would agree that they are still two or three world-class players short.
Unless he signs on the dotted line, Alexis Sanchez will become a free agent next summer, so the Gunners may be forced to cash in on the Chile international if they cannot persuade him to stay.
There is a potential silver lining to this story, however, with reports in the Daily Star suggesting that discussions have been held with Manchester City over the possibility of doing a swap deal involving Sergio Aguero.
The diminutive Argentinian needs no introduction to English audiences, having firmly established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League since arriving on these shores back in 2011.
In fact, in his six full top-flight campaigns for the Citizens, the 29-year-old has reached the 20-goal mark on no fewer than four occasions, scoring at a rate of roughly two goals every three games:
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For reasons known only to himself, Pep Guardiola does not appear to be the biggest fan of the ex-Atletico Madrid forward, so he may well be willing to let him leave.
Although losing Sanchez to a Premier League rival would be far from ideal, it should be noted that Aguero has been directly involved in 49 top-flight goals to the Chilean’s 51 over the course of the last couple of seasons, despite playing significantly less:
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The Manchester City player is also more of a natural centre-forward, so he could be just the man that Arsenal need to finish off their excellent approach work.