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Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has warned Arsenal to do whatever is needed to tie Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez down to new contracts.
Arsenal have been in talks with both players since August over extending their contracts which expire in 2018 but an agreement is yet to be reached with reports suggesting we could lose them at the end of this season.
The Sun recently claimed negotiations with the players have stalled because they want a new deal worth £300,000 weekly which is way out of Arsenal’s wage structure.
Seaman has now urged the club to abandon it’s financial policy and spend big to extend the player’s contracts. The former goalie believes keeping both players happy will give us a realistic chance of winning the Premier League title this season.
“To win the title Arsenal have got to keep their best players,” he said, in quotes reported by Fourfourtwo.com. “We used to do that. When big clubs came calling for Thierry Henry or Patrick Vieira, we always managed to send them packing.
“But then the club went through a phase of selling them, although maybe that was partly because finances forced our hand.
“Now they are in a situation where they have a great chance of winning the Premier League for the first time in 13 years and they don’t need to sell.
“The Emirates Stadium is paid for, the bank manager is happy, so if it means paying Sanchez and Ozil what they are worth – or perhaps even a little bit more – just do it.
“If Arsenal lost Sanchez now, they would have to spend a colossal amount of money, maybe £50-60million, to bring in a replacement of his quality.
“Why not just go the extra mile to keep him and Ozil at Arsenal? They are special players, and it’s special players who make the difference between winning the major trophies and coming close.
“People talk about breaking the wage structure and upsetting the applecart, but in the dressing room nobody will complain if the club accommodates a couple of higher earners who are in that ‘special’ bracket and they deliver the title.
“Arsene must make sure that if either of them leaves – and all the supporters hope it doesn’t come down to this – it must not be for financial reasons.
“I’m all for good housekeeping, but sometimes in football you’ve got to push the boat out a bit further. You have to stay ambitious.”
I’m sure everyone knows how important it is for us to keep both players considering their huge influence in our squad.
Football these days is now more rewarding, players with lesser status at other clubs are taking huge pay cheques home at the end of the week and one can’t really fault Ozil and Sanchez for demanding an increase to their current wages.
But the figures that the Sun are quoting is outrageous and if it is true they have demanded such astronomical wages, then we are in for a tough time because I don’t see the possibility of Arsenal paying that much to keep both players.
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