Several papers are claiming that Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are chasing new contracts similar to that of Paul Pogba at Manchester United, who is reportedly on £290,000-a-week. Both the Metro and the i say Ozil and Sanchez could begin to look elsewhere in the summer if their demands are not met. It’s reported that Ozil currently earns £140,000-a-week, £10,000 more than Sanchez – and Arsenal are prepared to hit the £200,000-a-week mark, but reluctant to go higher.
This stand-off could last a while if the numbers are to be believed. The thought of Arsenal handing out two contracts worth more than £200,000-a-week is almost unfathomable, but they will be tempted to break their rigid wage structure in order to keep the influential pair.
It would have a knock-on effect though, and you can guarantee every Arsenal player will be told by their agent to rub their fingers together and ask for more money.
This is something the Arsenal board will want to avoid after having such strict wage rules, but as clubs around them pay over the odds for players, it would be wise for the Gunners to lay down their arms and give in to Ozil and Sanchez’s demands if they want to keep competing at the top.