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Wenger provides shocking update re: Özil and Sánchez's contract talks

Friday 24th March 2017
Arsenal fans, it has finally happened. The day we were all dreading is finally upon us. Now we must face it. In an interview with French TV Network BeIn Sports, Arsène Wenger has given a damming update regarding current contract negotiations between the club and its two star  players.
According to Arsène Wenger, contract negotiations between Arsenal football club and representatives for Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil have been put on hold until summer.

Specifically, when asked about Alexis' future, the Frenchman bluntly said: "At the moment we have not got an agreement."

When asked about Mesut's situation, he reiterated this sentiment, "It is the same situation with Özil."

Pushed on how he felt talks were going, Wenger abruptly answered: "It is better you get it out and sit down in the summer."

Reports allege both Özil and Sánchez are asking in excess of £220,000/week, wages that would put them among the Premier League's highest paid. The stars each have only 15 months left on their current deals. Clubs across Europe have been monitoring their situations.

It's rumoured Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Juventus are seriously considering recruiting Sánchez in the summer. Things look a little different for Mesut Özil. It's being widely reported only Turkish side Fenerbahçe are interested in the German born of Turkish parentage, Europe's elite clubs are silent.
Even though there is interest in the players, Wenger has said, in the past, he would rather Özil and Sánchez run down their contracts than be sold a year before. To me, this smells like déjà vu. Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, and Robin Van Persie were all in similar positions before they eventually left the club.

All three were unhappy with the team's title aspirations. Nor did they believe the club could match their wage demands. Wenger's adherence to his socialist wage structure didn't help those situations. It's proving to be a hindrance, once again.

Wenger's future itself has been subject to much attention recently. The boss declared after the 3-1 defeat at West Brom he has already decided his future. High-profile protests from the 'Wenger Out' half of Arsenal's fanbase have put severe pressure on Wenger and the club. So much so, Chairman Sir Chip Keswick was forced to make a statement saying he understood fans' unease.
Many feel the manager's position has become untenable. Rumours Max Allegri is coming to London gather steam. However, reports from last week suggest Arsène Wenger has chosen to stay in North London. The club is allegedly waiting for an opportune time, when they will receive less backlash from fans, to make the announcement.

After four defeats in five Premier League games, the Gunners sit sixth in the league. Next Sunday, they welcome Pep Guardiola's Manchester City to the Emirates. The match has been billed a must-win for Wenger. It's imperative the Gunners win to end their recent run of bad form. Still, the question remains how much goodwill a positive result will buy Özil and Sánchez's embattled manager?
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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