Can Arsenal meet BOTH criteria needed to keep superstar duo?

Arsene Wenger did not come out and completely confirm the recent Arsenal transfer rumours about the big wage demands of the club’s two biggest names Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, with both the German and the Chilean currently in talks over new contracts with the club, but he did seem to suggest in an Evening Standard report that they were likely to be getting more money and being the best paid Arsenal players if they do sign new deals.

But he also admitted what a lot of Arsenal fans have been saying for years, that the top players do not want to play for a club that does not have a good chance of winning a major trophy like the Premier League or champions League. The two back to back FA cups did help and probably made it easier for Wenger to convince the club’s stars that Arsenal were a good prospect, but you get the feeling that the collapse of another title challenge like we saw last season may just give us a big problem with the likes of Ozil and Alexis.

The Frenchman said, “I think these kind of players they can raise a little bit above the financial aspect of the game because they are not poor and they have to look really on the football side.

“Do the club meet their needs on the football front? If ‘yes’, then a Premier League club can find an agreement with the players. We still keep values we have at the club – we pay what we can afford.

“We have still a scale of wages. It has become a bit more individual than when I arrived 20 years ago because every case is a bit special.

“If you were a player you would try the same. You try to earn as much as you can. Honestly, my whole life I fight to get the players paid as much as I can. I want as well to be responsible, to pay them the money you can afford to pay.”

The boss says that the club still has a wage scale but it does not really sound like it with Ozil and Alexis set to earn a lot more than most and I have no problem with that if it keeps the best players in north London. The question is, can the Gunners fulfil the other big criteria of challenging for top honours?


Tags Alexis Ozil Sanchez Wenger


  1. Twig says:

    If you give me £250,000-a-year I will hug you and won’t leave you alone. Ridiculous.

  2. ButtFlaps says:

    If they win champion leagues or Premium League then NO PROBLEMS!!!

  3. Jerick says:

    I agree with you. If they win a major trophy this season then give it to them. Some of us fail to understand that we are not 100% financially stable just yet. We simply can’t afford to be paying 250/week to 4/5 players like some other clubs are doing.

    We need to be as cautious as possible with the little money we have. Arsene is also approaching his end at Arsenal and none of us knows whether the incoming manager will be able to replicate what he’s done so we need to leave a little extra to be in the bank.

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Arsenal fc have more money in the bank than Barcelona, Real Madrid and B.Munich.

  4. Break-on-through says:

    These two are our big hitters, they want to play for the club that wins stuff. Well then go and win it for us!!!!!

  5. when i make comment here a lot of people seem to disagree with me but no surprise. no wonder the world is as it’s today. alot of people cont observe on make decisions without emotion. some fans say wolcott played better for arsenal than when he play for England it a bit defrent because he expected to create from the wing for England but for arsenal he wait for scrap in the box that is why we going to struggle when team park the bus against us.

    1. Tidan2 says:

      Reading your writing gives me a headache for a start.

  6. Fatboy Gooney says:

    The simple way around the wage structure is to give the players the incentive to perform constantly.
    Give them Bigger bonuses instead of bigger fixed weekly wages .
    In that way, everyone is a winner. ??

  7. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Lucas not starting.. AGAIN! Why did we get him?! Come on give him a start!

  8. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Official line up

    Bellerin… Koscielny… Mustafi… Gibbs
    Coquelin… Cazorla
    Walcott… Ozil… Ox

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