Olympique Lyonnais forward Nabil Fekir is one of Arsenal’s key targets to replace Alexis Sanchez, if the Chilean ends up leaving for Manchester City in January.

The Telegraph claim the Gunners are sticking by their summer stance that they’ll only sell if they have a replacement. Fekir is supposedly top of the list, after the Frenchman’s good form this season.

The 24-year-old has been outstanding in France, so Arsenal’s interest makes sense. The attacking midfielder has scored 15 goals and made three assists in 22 matches before the winter break. Then, at the weekend, he ushered in 2018 with another goal in the Coupe De France.

Lacazette Fekir
Nabil Fekir with former Lyon teammate Alexandre Lacazette, who now plays for Arsenal.

A talented player in good form in a top five European league is exactly what Arsenal need to replace Alexis and the other contract rebel – Mesut Özil. The pair have carried the Gunners at times over the last couple of seasons, so replacing them with a youngster with only potential on his side won’t get results, in my opinion.

If the club want to avoid having big problems next season, they need to spend appropriately. I wouldn’t expect Lyon to want to sell though. They already sold their star striker to the Gunners last summer, and won’t let such a talent go if they’re financially secure.

Selling another key player in the next window probably won’t go down well with supporters. I’d recommend moving fast so the French club have time to find a replacement, but this is Arsenal, so we’ll see what happens on deadline day.