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Transfer Rater: Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid

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Alexis Sanchez tops Player Power Rankings for second straight week

Shaka Hislop breaks down this week's player power rankings, led by Alexis Sanchez following his hat-trick performance.

Also receiving votes: Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma), Sandro Wagner (Hoffenheim), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo).

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Arsenal don't need Bacca, or any other striker, unless Olivier Giroud leaves

Arsene Wenger hails Alexis Sanchez's abilities as a striker after the Chilean's three-goal effort at West Ham.

Following Alexis Sanchez's impressive hat trick at the weekend, it seems the last thing on Arsene Wenger's mind would be buying a new striker. And yet The Sun claims Arsenal have opened talks with AC Milan about a £20 million bid for Carlos Bacca to strengthen the team's attacking options.

It's certainly not the first time Wenger has been linked with a striker going into a transfer window, but this might be the first time in years that buying one actually seems unnecessary. Here's why:

They...

Transfer Rater: Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid, Manolo Gabbiadini to Everton

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The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest rumours...

Manolo Gabbiadini to Everton

The Daily Mirror are linking Everton with another move for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini. The Toffees tried to bring the Italian to...

 By Tom Adams

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil spearhead Arsenal assault on title

Arsene Wenger hails Alexis Sanchez's abilities as a striker after the Chilean's three-goal effort at West Ham.

West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph should really have known better. As his legs buckled beneath him and his backside sank to the floor, he must have computed a split second too late that Alexis Sanchez doesn't miss.

But with one ghostly swing of his boot committing the keeper to ground with a perfectly executed feint, Sanchez wound up again and secured a thrilling, 14-minute hat trick with an impudent dink over his prey.

Sanchez's remarkable tour de force in the 5-1 win over West Ham on Saturday...

Arsenal back in for Carlos Bacca; Manolo Gabbiadini on Everton's radar

Victor Moses is linked with Barcelona, Willian to Man United and much more in the latest Rumour Rater.

The transfer window might be shut, but don't think the wheeling and dealing won't continue! Check out all the latest deals here.

Bacca to the future for Gunners boss Wenger

French champions Paris Saint-Germain have been strongly linked with AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca in recent months, but Arsenal might have moved ahead of them in the queue.

The Sun reports that the Gunners "are looking to boost their firepower with a £20 million move" for the Colombia international and have opened talks.

Although...

 By Tom Adams

Hat trick hero Sanchez "Magnificent" for Arsenal against West Ham

Arsenal broke out a late goal barrage to cruise to an impressive 5-1 victory over West Ham.
Alexis Sanchez chipped the West Ham goalkeeper extending Arsenal's lead to 5-1.
Craig Burley applauds Arsenal for their superb victory at a London stadium he feels is not fit for Premier League action.
Arsene Wenger hails Alexis Sanchez's abilities as a striker after the Chilean's three-goal effort at West Ham.

Alexis Sanchez inspired Arsenal to a 5-1 win away at West Ham as he scored a hat trick and also claimed an assist for Mesut Ozil in a masterful display at London Stadium.  

Sanchez and Ozil missed the midweek defeat to Southampton in the EFL Cup, Arsenal's first loss since the opening weekend, but combined to excellent effort when the former set up the latter for the opening goal on 24 minutes, exploiting an awful error from Angelo Ogbonna.  

Sanchez then proceeded to destroy West Ham...