With practically no hopes of winning any silverware this season, there may be more troubling news for Arsenal as their star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both said to have shelved their contract talks with the club.
The duo are said to have stopped talks till the summer window, as they believe that Arsenal should make more high profile signings in order to compete with other clubs in competitions like the Champions League and the Premier League.
Another bone of contention for the two players is the fact that Arsenal are yet to secure qualification for the Champions League next season, according to a report in The Times.
However, with both having just two years left in their respective contracts, the club is set to offer them massive deals in hopes that they will end up staying at the Emirates.
In fact, Arsenal are reportedly ready to offer Ozil and Sanchez massive pay rises that could take their wages up to £160,000 per week, tyimg them down to the club for at least the next five years.
However, Arsenal’s recent failures to challenge for the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup titles has pushed both Ozil and Sanchez to look for their options.
More worries for Wenger?
Both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are essential to the Arsenal side, as they more-or-less run the show on the pitch. While Ozil plays the role of the cool-headed midfield passer, stringing the passes to all his teammates, Sanchez brings more dynamism to the play with his darting runs and sharp dribbles. Also, Sanchez’s overall enthusiasm and energy also helps pump up the other players in the team.
The two have contributed a total of 51 goals (goals+assists) in all competitions this season, and the Gunners will have found themselves in the doldrums if these two had not been in their team. Losing either Ozil or Sanchez (or both) will be detrimental to the club, as it would mean that manager Arsene Wenger would again need to dredge the transfer market to find suitable players who can lead the team forward in the coming seasons.