Date: 21st March 2017 at 8:24am
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With the media desperately trying to fill column inches during a notoriously quiet international break, I guess it was only a matter of time before somebody claimed that Arsene Wenger was nailed on to stay following this season and speculated mega spending and a squad overhaul.

Thankfully we didn’t need to wait too long as late yesterday evening the Mirror decided to speculate that Wenger would sign his new two year deal that sits on the table, but that he would lose Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil this summer, so basically had a ten man shortlist of targets to rebuild the squad with Alexandre Lacazette and Kylian Mbappe are claimed to be top of the list for the summer.

Forgive me it’s going to be a quiet day and I have to do something!

The Mirror claim they ‘understand’ that Arsenal now face a ‘real prospect’ of losing both Alexis and Ozil given their new deals continue to go unsigned and with Wenger deciding to stay past the summer, he will have over £100million to ‘try to take the club to the next level’.

It should go without saying that mini quote is completely unattributed.

They further speculate that the shortlist of ten features Lyon’s Lacazette and Monaco’s Mbappe, but also Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Celtic’s Moussa Dembele.

They also name check that David Ospina will move on and Stoke City’s Jack Butland will be his replacement – but we are also tracking Jordan Pickford and Joe Hart as potential replacements.

They don’t stop there though as Celtic’s Kieran Tierney is also mentioned as is Valencia’s Jose Gaya and you genuinely get the feeling Thierry Henry might be mentioned as a shock return with every sentence you read.

They don’t just talk incomings though, they cast doubts over the futures of Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs and also Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere.

Presumably not finished there, Aaron Ramsey is next in the firing line with Everton’s Ross Barkley spoken of as a replacement.

I guess it makes for tasty reading and clearly something needs to change if Arsenal are going to seriously mount a title challenge again as it’s all too familiar, but creating an invented shopping list and presenting it as fact – well the tabloid’s do it well and hypocritical or not – the interweb laps it up given the headlines I’ve scanned.

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