Top Arsenal target to replace Sanchez confirms becoming a Gunner

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Reports suggest Arsenal are still in search of signing a replacement for Alexis Sanchez who completed a swoop move to Manchester United in January which saw Mhkitaryan the other way.

Bernard has admitted that he will leave Shakhtar Donetsk for “a bigger club” this summer.

The 25-year-old winger has been linked with Arsenal and in December TranferMarketWebclaimed the player could be on the move in the summer with the Gunners, Inter Milan and Hebei China Fortune all interested.

Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergey Palkin last night revealed there was still hope of renewing the player’s contract.

“After the match against Roma, Bernard will have an operation on his shoulder and will go to Brazil, he will not available anymore because of this problem. I have not lost hope of renewing his contract,” said Palkin.

Bernard though has stated he will be leaving Ukraine and with Arsene Wenger looking for a replacement for Alexis Sanchez this could be a link worth following.

Speaking to Esporte Interativo after Tuesday’s defeat, Bernard said: “This season will close a five-year cycle for me. After a turbulent start, the new coach has come in and given me more opportunities to play.

“I’ve got nothing concrete for next season and will be considering all my options. What I have told Shakhtar however is that I will not be renewing my contract with them as I want to play for a bigger club.”

Bernard has scored 10 goals and grabbed four assists in 29 games in all competitions for Shakhtar this season, including three goals in the group stages of the Champions League.


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