Arsene Wenger has claimed it feels strange to have lost one of their top players in the middle of the season, and that the club have to ensure they focus on the games coming up and make sure they get points on the board as they fight for a top four spot and the Europa League.
The Gunners have of course lost Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United – but have got in Henrik Mkhitaryan as part of the swap deal, but that has unsettled the dressing room – although judging by reports claiming the players were sick of Alexis and his attitude, it may well be a good thing for the second half of the season given the dressing room can now regroup and everyone will be on the same page, with no one looking to leave the club until the summer at least.
Standard Sport say Wenger said: “What was very difficult is for the first time in January we were losing one of our big players.
“It’s a bit more destabilising than usual, especially the period of uncertainty.
“Once things are clear the team responds and focuses on the job. That’s why for us it’s not only to lose a world-class player it’s as well that this period of uncertainty creates a strange feeling in the dressing room.
“That’s why this transfer period is difficult in the middle of the season.”
Quite if that means he will then pen a new deal – or will leave remains to be seen, with the player heavily linked with Manchester United and his friendship with Alexis Sanchez well known to boot – not to mention having previously played under Jose Mourinho during their respective time in Madrid.