Everybody in the footballing world knows very well that both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will be entering the last year of their contracts at Arsenal this June, which clearly means that they will have to agree to extend their deals this summer, or be sold to the highest bidder.
It was reported everywhere towards the end of last week that Arsenal had tied up a deal to sign the Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac, but apparently they have agreed personal terms but the free-agent is yet to put pen to paper on the deal as there may be other counter-offers.
There has been much wrangling and gnashing of teeth over the terms of Arsenal’s contract extension offers to both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who will be entering the last year of their contracts in June. But suddenly the Chinese League is totally distorting the amount of wages on offer to some of the biggest stars in the world, and it could make them think they should be earning the same amount in the Premier League.
Around two years ago, Arsenal’s annual injury crisis was worse than ever before, with Santi Cazorla being the only fit midfielder in the squad. As a result, the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had to call upon Francis Coquelin, who was on loan at Charlton at the time, to partner the Spaniard, and it worked like magic. Coquelin grabbed the opportunity with open arms and excelled in Arsenal’s midfield.
Everyone and his dog (including the Guardian!) have now reported that Arsenal have hijacked Everton’s move to bring Schalke’s Bosnia and Herzegovina defender Sead Kolasinac to the Emirates next season.
There have been more than the usual amount of Arsenal transfer rumours flying around this season, as the Gunners have Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all entering the final year of their contracts this summer. There have also been signs that David Ospina, Matthieu Debuchy, Hector Bellerin, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny and Yaya Sanogo will also be sold or allowed to leave as well.
There is a very strange set of circumstances this season at Arsenal as Arsene Wenger, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil all have to make big contract decisions, while there are many more players also reaching critical point.
David Ospina is open to joining Fenerbahce this summer, but what would that mean for Arsenal’s other goalkeepers?
The Colombian shot-stopper has been linked with the exit door since the arrival of Petr Cech back in the summer of 2015, and after two years of playing as back-up to the former Chelsea star, is believed to be eager to leave in search of regular football.