Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Massimiliano Allegri ‘gives Gunners three weeks to decide if they want him’

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has given Arsenal three weeks to decide whether or not they want him to replace Arsene Wenger.

That is according to the Daily Star, who say the Italian has issued a come and get me plea to the Gunners with Wenger’s future uncertain.

The Bianconeri want to tie their manager to fresh terms, with his current contract due to expire at the end of next season.

Arsenal are facing a battle to finish in the Premier League top four and were dumped out of the Champions League in humbling fashion by Bayern Munich, losing both legs of their last-16 tie 5-1.

Martinez in line for rare start

Arsene Wenger is facing another keeper dilemma for Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter-final against non-League Lincoln, with an injury doubt over David Ospina.

Boss Wenger has drafted the Gunners ‘ inexperienced third-choice Emiliano Martinez, whose only appearances this season have been in the EFL Cup, into the squad for Saturday’s game at the Emirates.

But he could turn to Premier League first-choice Petr Cech as he is set to go with a strong line-up against the Imps, who have beaten four league sides including top-flight Burnley to become the first non-League club to reach the last eight since 1913.

Mirror Sport revealed this week that Cech is increasingly frustrated at not playing in Champions League matches, writes Mirror Football’s John Cross.

Ospina has been nursing a niggle since the Bayern Munich game on Tuesday night, and Cech would be keen to play if the Colombian is out.

Sanchez set for first FA Cup start of season

Alexis Sanchez could be set to make his first start in the FA Cup this season while Mesut Ozil could also make a return to action when the Gunners face a huge quarter-final clash with non-league Lincoln City on Saturday.

Despite a sickness bug affecting the Arsenal first-team, the players were all smiles in training on Friday, writes Mirror Football’s Marc Isaacs.

Speculation continues to surround the future of Sanchez, but despite continued reports of an alleged bust-up, the Chile star shook hands with Wenger before the final session got underway at their London Colney base.

Sanchez has been a substitute in the last two games against Southampton and Sutton, but with all the pressure surrounding the north London club following their humiliating Champions League exit, the Arsenal superstar could be set for a recall to the starting line-up.

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