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Arsenal lost against the Cherries yesterday and now find themselves 8 points behind Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League qualification sport.
Reports suggest (via Guardian) that Alexis Sanchez is close to signing for rivals Manchester United and that would be a huge blow for Arsene Wenger.
The North Londoners must sign a quality replace and Guardian report that the deal to sign Brazilian international and Bordeaux star Malcolm is close and the Gunners are expected to agree his signing by paying a fee worth 45 million pounds ($62million).
The 20-year-old star has been in fantastic form for the Ligue 1 side this season. In 19 league appearances, he has directly contributed in 12 goals so far (7 goals and 5 assists).
Capable of playing on either flank, Malcolm has the talent to replace Alexis at Arsenal but it will be intriguing to see if he can be an immediate hit in the Premier League.
Arsenal can also qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League this season but the task will not be easy because the likes of Atletico, Napoli and Dortmund will take part in the competition as well after getting eliminated from the CL.
In all fairness, Wenger should leave the club if he fails to earn CL qualification for the Gunners.