The contract saga around Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal futures is so tiresome, you can understand why the Chilean has headed to the Confederations Cup, and left all the talks to be done with his agent.
The ongoing speculation around the Gunners’ prized assets is vintage Arsenal under Arsene Wenger since the Emirates stadium move. And proof that the fans are set for another two years of everything they’ve grown frustrated with in the second-half of Wenger’s tenure.
Arsenal are willing to offer Ozil and Sanchez new contracts, with a weekly wage of around £280,000, however, the Gunners are aware that getting the German and Chile internationals to commit would also mean they’d be in breach of Premier League rules.
As reported in the Independent, Premier League clubs – as of this summer – cannot see their wage bills rise by more than £7million in relation to income.
Mesut Ozil’s deal alone would cause the Arsenal wage bill to rise by that very number, with Sanchez’s costing the club an extra £8million. Therefore, Wenger knows he must trim his squad with more than just a few fringe player sales.
Had the Gunners successfully qualified for the Champions League, then the amount of exits wouldn’t have needed to be so high. But with the income generated by the Europa League barely a splash in the Champions League ocean, Le Professeur knows he must sell.
The likes of Lucas Perez, Wojciech Szczesny and Carl Jenkinson’s exits, all fringe players, will not meet the requirements. So the question is, who can Arsenal stomach losing in order to entertain the egos of Sanchez and Ozil?
Oliver Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are probably most likely, with the Frenchman unable to be offered first-team football. And although a continual figure of debate, the Gunners would be losing one of their rare game-changers.
In regards to Ox, it would be acceptance from Wenger that his desire to build around a British core has failed. And there would certainly be a feeling that Arsenal would be losing the player just as the former Southampton man appears to finally have become the finished article.
Classic Arsenal, ey?!