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During substitution via Path 1 and Path 2 aromatic intermediates are formed.

Via path 3 anti aromatic intermediate is formed.

Therefore reaction takes place via path 1 and path 2 only.

Is my rationalization correct?

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  • $\begingroup$ Seems reasonable, one could even start sequence with getting structure with formal charges. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Jan 4 at 19:26

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