By Alex Taylor
Former Arsenal midfielder Perry Groves has stated that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will not get better contract offers away from the Emirates.
Both Ozil and Sanchez are in the process of negotiating new deals in north London as they seek financial reward for strong performances in the Premier League last season.
Arsene Wenger is understood to be keen to tie down his star men to new deals after previously losing Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie following contract disagreements.
“Wenger had to sell his best players to finance the new stadium,” Groves told The Sun.
“Have Arsenal got the money to spend?, yes they have. Will they get the 250 grand a week they are looking for? I don’t think they will get that.
“Sanchez is enjoying his football and playing well. Ozil was as slow burner but now they are the two big players.
“They won’t get the money that Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba are on, that’s not going to happen as the club have a different wage structure.
“If they were realistic about their demands then I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t sign new contracts.”
The pair shone for the Gunners last term as they pipped north London rivals Tottenham to second place in the league on the final day of the season.
The duo have established themselves as Arsenal’s key players in recent seasons and fans will be hoping the pair sign new deals to extend their stay at the club.
Sanchez has thrived in his new role through the middle of Wenger’s attack this term and has already scored five goals and provided five assists in nine games.
Ozil has had a slower start to his individual campaign this season but impressed last term as he broke the record for the longest run of consecutive assists in the Premier League.
Arsenal currently sit third in England’s top-flight after picking up 16 points in seven matches in the 2016-17 season.
Sanchez and Ozil will be hoping their side can continue their good form when they take on Swansea City at home after the international break.
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