Arsenal have offered Alexis Sanchez another new contract as they attempt to put an end to the speculation about his future. The Mail report that they have put a new contract worth £300,000-per-week on the table. The 28-year-old had previously indicated that he wouldn’t consider a new deal unless it reached that figure, but it remains to be seen whether the offer will be enough. Manchester City and PSG remain in the race to sign him, but Arsene Wenger is standing firm when it comes to resisting bids.
This is an incredible contract offer and the club will be hoping it is enough to get the Chilean to stay at the club. It would be a huge boost for the Gunners heading into the new season if Sanchez did sign a new contract after it looked likely he would depart. The transfer window remains a distraction and it could be that it will be easier to convince him to sign once it has closed.
Another player that is in the last year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium is Mesut Ozil. The Sun report that there has been a major breakthrough in talks and the German is giving the impression that is will accept the club’s offer of £225,000-per-week. His agents had been trying to find a new club for the midfielder, but there was no serious interest in his services. A new contract with the Gunners is now a lot more appealing to him and he looks ready to commit.
Ozil didn’t have the best season during the 2016/17 campaign, but he remains one of the club’s best players. The fans love him and it will be great news if he did sign a new deal. It would be damaging to lose both the German and Sanchez at the end of their current deals, but that no longer looks to be possible. The club will hope that if the playmaker signs his deal, it could prompt Sanchez to do the same.
Arsene Wenger has been discussing his squad and has admitted that he wants to move players out, as it is currently difficult to manage so many first-team players. The following quotes from the Frenchman regarding transfers are being reported by the Mirror:
“We are still open, but of course at the moment I have currently 33 players and it is very difficult to manage on a daily basis such a high number.”
The manager will be aware that he still needs to bring in one or two players, but the point about his squad size is an important one. It is not sustainable to keep so many players that are surplus to requirements. They will be on big wages and they will be offering the club little, as they are unlikely to be used this season. The next few weeks have to be used to clear out players in whatever way possible. If they manage to do that, they will have more room to manoeuvre when it comes to signing players.