Wenger worryingly admits that ALL Big Clubs lose Big Players

All the papers have been full of rumours about Arsenal’s long-running contract talks with our two top players, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, and in responses Arsene Wenger has released a worrying statement about the futures of our two biggest stars.

He makes it clear that Arsenal will survive whoever leaves and whoever arrives, and our success does not only depend on whether those two renew their contracts or not. “Arsenal is a big club,” Wenger said. “It is not one or two players who will make the difference to the club. The importance is that we are today in a financial position that is strong, that was not the case before.

“That means as well we are in a position where we can plan our future, and do what we want to do. What is important is always to take care of the values of the club, and the identity of the club, and not to depend too much on one or two players. The history of Arsenal is bigger than that.

“In every single club, at some stage, they have lost big players. Or they had big players without knowing. Or things like that happened everywhere. Every club is full of regrets and full of decisions. What matters is the globality of the decisions.

“The self-esteem is linked with the values that the club stands for,” Le Prof continued. “Of course, the self-esteem, or the identity that the press has of the club, is not exactly the same that you have inside the club.

“You could say the ‘prestige’, more than the self-esteem, is linked with the players. But I think it is more down to the consistency of the quality, or the way the team plays football.”

Yes Arsenal played good football before either Ozil or Sanchez arrived, but their impact on our current success is a tangible one that cannot be denied. So I am wondering if Wenger is trying to break their possible departures as gently as possible to the fans. Or is he warning Ozil and Alexis that the club won’t be held to ransom and pay any amount they ask for?

What do you think this statement means?


  1. G-Rude says:

    It certainly sounds like Wenger is not discounting the possibility that they both could leave.
    If so he should make sure he gets the biggest possible transfer fees for them and immediately reinvests the money in similar replacements.
    Messi and Hazard lol

  2. jeff says:

    Arsenal will never change…

  3. Break-on-through says:

    I believe this is Wenger trying to play hard ball but the truth is that the players are both justified in what they ask for and also have Arsenal over a barrel. After experiencing all that unrest over the last couple of seasons I cannot imagine Arsenal losing these players now. I’m not sure what paper it was but they made a good point about the players holding all the cards because of Arsenals perceived lack of ambition on getting the biggest players through the door, which we did then with these two, so could you imagine us buckling on the first contract negotiation to then lose them. Wenger cannot afford to be as stubborn as he can be, his position within the club isn’t nearly as solid as it once were, and he’s no fool either.

  4. kamn288 says:

    Arsene is unable to see the end of road and that hinderance is due to the no of poor performers in the squad like Jenkinson,Debuchy,Ramsey,SczezenyPer,Sanogo who are allowed to stay and will lose Ozil and Alexis to Pl rivals and on the first season they win the league to put us into minus stage of depression.
    Yeah! full of things an Arsenal fan don’t want to hear. Such has become the performance of Pogba who earns the highest at the club will end up eventually derailing our dreams.

  5. Kostafi says:

    I believe it is a ploy to inform their agents that Arsenal won’t bend over backwards. When in actual fact, that is exactly what the club should do. Recruitment is all about attracting and retaining talent. If Arsenal can double Bellerin’s wages why not SanchOz? Whatever wage structure is in place must be aligned to current market trends. Alan Pardew famously told his players last year they cant earn as much as Cabaye because they are not as good as him.

    If Arsenal no longer want to be seen as a selling club, they must not only attract and recruit top talent, they must retain them. Gazidis should earn his paycheck and find more sponsors. Liverfool and Spuds do better commercially than Arsenal (pre Puma deal). Utd have over 40 commercial partners including a recently signed Official Mattress Partner (no kidding) all so the club can afford its stars.

  6. Incarnate says:

    I’ll just grab me some popcorn and watch as it all unfolds 🙂

  7. ken2 says:

    i don’t know how much of this he can be quoted on but i find this a very strange thing to say. money spent within the clubs means is money for the sole purpose of buying players such as sanchez and ozil. this is not about survival; not at all, this is about making an impact with players we couldn’t afford to purchase at one point. why buy these players knowing full well there is a restriction on their wage demands, 200,000 should be the maximum, maybe 210,000 but any less despite the structure and the financial principle then why buy the players at all, just run around the squad and tell them all to be consistent. im sure that will work on a season bases once they have it locked down per-game…!! i have seen how happy arsene gets when sanchez scores and ozil assist and there is no way wenger can honestly say without those players we will survive because we were doing that anyway yet they still purchased them. i don’t want him to step down at the end of the season, but bringing in a new manager should he decide to do so will put pressure on the arsenal board because they know longer have a coach that has a history with a champions league status-quo. that’s probably why he wont sign a new contract just yet, all hard word would be undone without the service of sanchez and ozil and the board probably know this, i think i read somewhere according to him that negotiations are sometimes fast and some time slow but i think its safe to assume when it slow it’s because there is too much money they have to depart from.

  8. ken2 says:

    sell them for load which arsenal we approve of then buy top notch players and sell them again because of their high wage demands.

  9. Uche Edochie says:

    Well, we don’t know what is going on behind closed doors. If Alexis Sanchez is telling Arsenal to match the 400k per week that China is offering him, what is it supposed to do? How rich exactly do we think that Arsenal is? We have thrived all these years because of Wenger’s Shrewd spending and genius management skills and not because the club has billions burning holes in its pockets. Of all the clubs in the premier league, only Manchester United is rich enough to pay those kinds of fees and still survive. Chelsea and Man City are bankrolled by billionaire owners so clearly, their case doesn’t count. When regular clubs attempt paying those kinds of fees to their owners, they go broke. Go and ask Barcelona how they are doing. Between paying Messi, Neymar and Suarez, that club is broke. No joke. Almighty Barca is broke. I don’t want that for Arsenal. So Sanchez and Ozil had better get real or go be geniuses elsewhere. We survived losing Bergkamp, Viera and Henri. We will survive.

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