Arsenal mess up Pep's plans on deadline day

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GETTY Liverpool are in talks over a deal for Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alexis Sanches has been subject to much speculation this summer, and with Arsenal having missed out on Champions League spots for this season, his move looks all the more imminent. The report indicated Sanchez, whose contract expires in 2018, doesn't want to play for the Gunners again and hopes City renew their interest in January.

The suggestion is that Sanchez is now on the move, it would seem that his transfer to Manchester City is "Instagram official".

And after coming up short in their pursuit of Lemar, Arsenal held on to the Chile worldwide - much to the chagrin of City, who had targeted him all summer.

I fully expected them to make a bigger series of plays; there's always almosts and could-have-beens in any transfer window, of course, but Arsenal had some serious work to do this summer, and only got maybe 20% of it done.

Despite that, it appears Oxlade-Chamberlain has determined his future lies away from Arsenal.

Chelsea and Liverpool croiss swords to land Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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This is football at the roulette wheel, a trail of desperate coaches, led by Wenger and Pep Guardiola, throwing money at a problem they are paid to solve with their intelligence and coaching acumen.

An abject performance in losing so heavily at Anfield has already seen pressure begin to build on Wenger - who signed a new two-year deal in May amid protests against his continued reign. However, they are still holding onto Coutinho, who is Barcelona's number one target. Thus, despite Arsene Wenger's reluctance to let go of the coveted South American forward, he could be forced into cashing in on deadline day.

One thing is for certain, Sanchez won't start the 2018/19 season as an Arsenal player.

Arsenal spent a club-record fee on Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and signed Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke 04.

It is believed the Gunners were only willing to sell the Chilean if they could sign a replacement in time, with Monaco's Thomas Lemar rumoured to be that man.

Liverpool are also interested in the France worldwide, however, and sources have told Goal that the Reds are confident of securing his signature.

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