BlueinBosnia wrote: I don't get Wenger's obsession with him being part of the deal, though, unless it's due to the Arsenal board being unwilling to fund any other transfers, or a serious concern that they wouldn't be able to attract anyone else considering how their season's going and the uncertainty surrounding Wenger's future at the club.
I think the latter is exactly what's going on. Arsenal can't get really anyone of quality to sign with them who wants to go to a "bigger club" now with Wenger there like they used to as they are losing their best players.
Mikitarian and Aubameyang are both being pushed out in some way by their clubs and are not really generating interest from other top level clubs due to their drop off in quality, inconsistency, or attitude.
Arsenal is probably their best option right now for a career revival, and they are desperate to improve their squad as they are on the decline in prestige and talent in the squad.
Letting Sanchez go without a replacement of some kind would be an even worse disaster for them than this already is, where they are at a point where they are relying on the revival of Wilshere, whose career looked potentially doomed last season after doing poorly at Bournemouth, as hope. Hence they are that desperate to take Mikitarian to move Alexis.