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Arsene Wenger has decided who he wants to replace Alexis Sanchez

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Judging by Arsenal's start to the season, their frustrated faithful are in for another wild ride this campaign.

After a bad start with defeats to Stoke and Liverpool, the Gunners have regained their composure to go seven games unbeaten in all competitions.

However, Arsene Wenger has to exercise cautious optimism in everything he does with the knowledge that his two biggest stars are all but confirmed to be leaving the club in the near future.

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are in the final year of their respective deals and look set to leave the club for nothing next summer.

Sanchez very nearly secured a move to Manchester City on transfer deadline day in the summer, only for Arsenal to pull out of the deal when Thomas Lemar opted against joining the club as his replacement.

According to The Mirror, Wenger has his eye on another Frenchman as Sanchez's replacement when he inevitably goes.

Wenger believes he can snag Manchester United's Anthony Martial because the former Monaco man has spent plenty of time on the bench this season and he would be prepared to play him through the middle.

It was also only last week that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry passed comment on the 21-year-old prodigy.

He said: “Anthony Martial is a far better player than I was at that age.

“He can become a world-class player.”

Coincidence? Back in August, boss Jose Mourinho suggested he wanted Martial to realise his vast talents and not let them go to waste.

He told a news conference on Friday: "I think when you have some talents you cannot waste, I think when you are blessed with that talent, you have to exploit and not be happy with glimpses of talent and that I'm not going to change.

"I want more and more and more from him. He understands me better and the personal relation is good and I don't think it's fundamental, but it's an added good thing to have a good relation so again, Anthony, I hope he is going to be better this season than last."

Would Mourinho really let a young asset like Martial go to a bitter rival like Arsenal? Sounds doubtful to us.

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