Bradley Wright-Phillips on Arsenal and Wenger: Something has to change

Craig Bellamy

Ardene Wenger insisted on Tuesday (Jan 23) there was no chance he would jeopardise Arsenal's financial stability with lavish spending on new players during the rest of the January transfer window.

Nacho Monreal capitalised on shambolic defending to score the first and then tee up the next two for Alex Iwobi and Laurent Koscielny before the returning Mesut Ozil, back after missing three games with a knee injury, played a key role in Alexandre Lacazette's marvellous fourth.

Arsene Wenger hints Alexis Sanchez's move to Man United is all but done, exclaiming, 'You can not drive up north and as well play football'.

The Arsenal manager hopes those deals will allow his players to focus on their performances rather than being distracted by the transfer sagas.

That rating is likely to fluctuate following the confirmation of Henrikh Mkhitaryan's transfer to Arsenal, which saw Alexis Sanchez move to Old Trafford in a swap deal.

After the match, Wenger said: "It had started to play on his mind and was very heavy, so that's a relief for him". That's why for us, it's not only to lose a world class player, it is as well that this period of uncertainty creates a odd feeling in the dressing room. "The period of uncertainty was hard..."

Arsenal fans will no longer be able to enjoy watching Sanchez turn on the style for their side following his switch to Manchester United.




"I didn't take him because there is a question of him moving to Manchester United and you can not drive up north and as well play football", Wenger said.

He refused to comment on Borussia Dortmund's claim that Arsenal have made a bid for their 28-year-old striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang was the Bundesliga's top goalscorer last season as he finished the campaign with 31 goals and has hit 13 in 15 games so far this year. They are responsible for their own statements.

Palace had enjoyed a resurgence under Roy Hodgson, losing only one of their past 12 Premier League outings, but they were comprehensively blown away as Arsenal moved out of sight inside the first quarter of the game.

Wenger said the move wasn't yet "over the line".

"At half-time I thought we were staring down the barrel of a gun". In the second half the challenge was to keep the same drive and we didn't manage to do that, but happy we won the game.

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