As the two players come into the final eighteen months of their current contracts, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are locked into contract negotiations with Arsenal.
There has been much speculation about their potential futures, with some newspapers suggesting that Arsenal are only going to be able to hold on to one of their two most prized assets.
And, with Arsene Wenger recently reporting that although the financial situation at Arsenal has improved, there is still much work to be done, it’s looking increasingly likely that a choice between the two will be made. This will leave the club, and of course the fans, asking the all-important question of, who is more important to Arsenal?
Since his arrival from Barcelona in 2014 costing the club £35m, Alexis Sanchez has been a vital part of the team. This season, however, the Chilean has been redeployed on the pitch as a central striker, a move that has certainly paid off and made him even more of a pivotal team mate.
After two years on the flanks, the striker has become unmovable in the middle, and has scored 56 goals in 116 appearances since he arrived at the Emirates Stadium. He went level with key Chelsea player Diego Costa at the top of the scoring charts, with his twelfth goal of the season against Everton.
But, Sanchez isn’t just a goal threat for opposing teams. As a player, the sheer breadth of his talents means that he is so important to everything that Arsenal do in an attacking sense on the pitch.
This season, he has become the team’s top provider, creating 42 more chances and making 5 more assists than his teammates.
Bringing fluidity and speed to Arsenal’s forward line, Sanchez plays with clever movement and a link-up style. With his vocal presence on the pitch, he is arguably Arsenal’s most natural leader, often seen frantically gesturing at his teammates to chase down loose balls or put their opponents under pressure.
With his tireless energy and strong determination, the 27-year old has a clear passion for the game and a world class character that would be very difficult for Arsenal to replace. Check out this review of William Hill if you’d like to back Sanchez to score for Arsenal in their next game using the William Hill website.
Whilst Sanchez’s style on the pitch has been universally praised and admired, Ozil’s style as a player still faces mixed opinions. Not the kind of player to take a game by the scruff of the neck or go for a crunching tackle, the German often comes under criticism when the results do not go in Arsenal’s favour.
However, whilst he may not be quite as much of a force of nature as his teammate, there’s no question that Ozil is a brilliantly talented player.
Last year, Arsene Wenger summed this up when he said that if you love to watch football, you will love Ozil’. And, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has offered similar compliments, describing the 28-year-old’s style as ‘unique’. On the pitch, he has remarkable passing ability and elegant control, leaving him with few peers in football.
Although his contributions to the game may not always be quite as eye-catching as Sanchez’s, he is the man who brings Arsenal’s attacking play together with deft touches and quick, subtle moves.
With both players being crucial to Arsenal’s line-up, it’s definitely going to be difficult for Arsene Wenger and the club to choose between the two if found in that situation. There will be many things to take into consideration, as although both are talented, specific characteristics may be tricky to replace.
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