Wenger must break the bank if he wants Arsenal to challenge for the PL, starting with this superstar
COMMENT By Matt Bullin
If Arsene Wenger is to stay as Arsenal manager he must prove that he’s learned from his mistakes. The first step would be to grant Alexis Sanchez his huge wage demands and tie the superstar to the club.
The Telegraph reports that Sanchez wants £384,000 a week if he is to stay at Arsenal past 2018 when his current contract expires – a deal which would shatter the wage structure at the Emirates.
Such an event could destabilise the already shaky dressing room, though the club are running out of time as the Chilean’s current contract runs out in June 2018.
However, would anyone really argue that one of the truly world-class Premier League players isn’t worth it?
Wenger can take a huge step in winning over the Arsenal faithful by tying the Chilean to the club and building a new team around him.
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Wenger has come under increasing scrutiny after a poor string of results – which has seen the Gunners win just one of their last five Premier League matches, losing to West Brom and Crystal Palace.
The Frenchman’s signings have also come under fire as £30million midfielder Granit Xhaka was this week branded the worst signing ever by Tony Cascarino.
Wenger said of Sanchez’ demands: “We must accept that while modern life has changed a little bit, what we always had was a wages structure that was respected.”
The Frenchman continued: “Some people tell me: ‘Just give his what he wants’. But then you cannot respect anymore any wage structure and you put the club in trouble as well.”
Wenger seems to be leaning towards the ‘no one is bigger than the club’ argument here – but realistically if Arsenal let Sanchez go, they will not sign anyone better.
And if they do want a truly marquee signing to replace him, they’ll have to pay the wages to match.
Sanchez is Arsenal’s top scorer this term with 22 goals in all competitions – but he is much more than that.
He may no be captain but he is a leader. Arsenal need leaders.
Mesut Ozil might have to back down over his own contract dispute – but the German maestro would surely want to stay at the club if Sanchez signs.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Arsenal fans have reacted on Twitter to the reports that they have signed this Bundesliga star.