Alexis Sanchez has stayed put .

Arsenal told Manchester City they had a replacement for Alexis Sanchez

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At the end of their shambolic negotiations with Manchester City, Arsenal have succeeded in keeping hold of Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean has made no secret of the fact that he wants to play Champions League football, something the Gunners won't be able to offer him this season.

His unhappiness was there for all to see last term, and he's spent most of the summer agitating for a move.

With the likes of PSG and Barcelona linked with the 28-year-old, it was ultimately City who followed up their interest with two concrete bids of £50million and £60m.

And while Arsenal fans should be feeling delighted that their top scorer will be staying at the Emirates, at least until January, the general consensus is that the way the club dealt with the situation was a total mess.

Having known for months that Sanchez would probably be leaving, it took them until Deadline Day for them to bid for a replacement. As soon as Monaco's Thomas Lemar turned them down, they were left with no choice but to halt Sanchez's move away.

They're now left with a player who doesn't want to be there and who may well leave for nothing next summer.

A report in the Sunday Times is only going to infuriate Gooners further, as it's shed more light on their bizarre dealings.

What Arsenal told City 

It's claimed chief executive Ivan Gazidis - or 'Ivan the Terrible' as he's becoming popularly known - told City that a deal for a replacement for Sanchez was done, clearly without asking Lemar.

What's even stranger is that City first asked about the forward in May and again in July. On both occasions, they were told he wasn't for sale, but on Tuesday, with just two days of the window left, Arsenal suddenly decided they would sell him.

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City's Ferran Soriano was led to believe the two clubs had a verbal agreement over a £60m deal, only for the north Londoners to pull out of it at the last minute.

It's easy to see why there's now such bad blood between them. However, it's likely that it will be Pep Guardiola and not Arsene Wenger who has the last laugh, as he'll now be able to sign his former Barca star on the cheap in the New Year.

What do you make of Arsenal's summer? Have your say in the comments. 

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