This week for the first time during the summer transfer window we heard Arsene Wenger sounding a bit downbeat about the situation at Arsenal with our Chile international star Alexis Sanchez and his long tern future at the club, although the Frenchman did not change his stance on keeping the star striker for the coming season.
Wenger merely admitted that he thought it would be difficult to persuade Alexis to stay beyong the period of his current deal which runs out at the end of the season, but we also know that Le Prof can be a slippery customer when it comes to dealing with the football media, so do not take it all to heart.
Perhaps Wenger was speaking about his task of keeping Sanchez as a Gunner for the long term because he is about to offer to make the Chilean the best paid player in the Premier League, on around £300,000 a week, or that is what the Daily Mail is reporting anyway.
It appears that Arsenal are getting serious about sorting out the contract situations of our stars as well, because Metro is reporting that Mesut Ozil could be about to sign his name on a new deal worth £225,000 a week. That is the same amount that Alexis has apparently turned down already but there is less interest in the German and he seems happier about staying.
If the £300K is enough to tempt our other star, however, Arsenal could be set to give us fans a great boost by keeping these two key players for the princely sum of a combined £525,000 a week.