Arsene Wenger has finally realized he needs to splash the cash if he wants to win trophies, because trophies are won by the best players.
With various reports suggesting that Barcelona have accepted a £32m offer from Arsenal for star winger Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners are set to bolster their attacking line once more after last summer's record signing Mesut Özil joined the Londoners from Real Madrid.
For some reason Alexis is seen as surplus to requirements by the Catalans, despite having a fantastic 2013/14 campaign and being the star in Chile's push to the last 16, where they unluckily lost at penalties from Brazil.
Having scored 21 goals and providing 15 assists in 54 games last season and scoring two goals and setting up another in four games at the World Cup, the Chilean is hot on form and could prove to be a great bit of business from Arsene Wenger.
What can he offer?
Alexis is known for his dazzling speed and skills. His very muscular built would be great for him in the tough English football and he will be able to adapt quickly to the Premier League.
With his strong right foot he can score goals from distance, his dribbling can leave a couple of opponents dead in their tracks, has an eye for the pass and plays great both on the wing and as a center forward.
Let's not forget he has proven himself both at Barcelona and at Udinese where he made his name and due to his performances was voted as the most promising young player in the world for 2011, beating the likes of Neymar and Gareth Bale.
Does he have a dark side?
On a whole, Alexis has three, let's say, problems. First, which won't be liked by the English public, the Chilean dives from time to time and has got a few stupid yellow cards by doing this.
Secondly, Sanchez sometimes keeps the ball to long and misses the opportunity to pass and goes alone trying to beat the whole defense just by himself.
Lastly, but most importantly, the Chilean's form goes hot and cold and he gets a lot of criticism by the media even if he makes 10 good and one bad game.
Luckily, for around a year and a half Alexis is on top of his game and has proved his worth at Barcelona.
How will Arsenal look with Alexis?
As the new big name signing, Sanchez will be given a bit of time to adapt and will probably play at either the right wing or as the lone striker.
Mesut Özil will be playing as the attacking midfielder, Santi Cazorla on his left and Theo Walcott and Alexis swapping their positions on the right wing and the striker's spot- the optimal attacking four for Arsenal if Alexis joins the Gunners.
What effect will Alexis have?
Bringing Alexis to Emirates will provide a competition for places, because Alexis plays both on the right and as a striker, giving Wenger three choices on both positions.
With Giroud and Sanogo up-front, Walcott and the Ox on the right, Alexis will be a threat for all of them and at least two will have less playing time.
Yet Alexis is a game-changer and plays at his highest level in big matches. Along with Neymar they won the first El Clasico for the season.
On paper Alexis looks as a great transfer, but what do you think Gunners- will Alexis be a success at the Emirates? Have your say in the comments box below!
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