Written by Chris Remington
Arsene Wenger spoke out this week about the club’s ambition to hold onto their star assets. Mesut Ozil is the key player in question with the German midfielder’s contract set to run out in the next couple of years. Wenger claims the issue isn’t money for Ozil, and with him being on £140,000 a week, you have to agree. Personally, I can’t see Ozil leaving, this being down to his options. Paris St Germain are the only European club to have shown any interest in signing the midfielder, and with Ozil now being at the peak of his powers, it’s hard to see why he’d settle with a gentle stroll to the Ligue 1 Championship rather than challenging himself in the most competitive league in the world.
Ozil has said that a deciding factor in whether he stays comes down to whether the manager himself commits to the club for the foreseeable future. And with that as an incentive, I see no reason why Wenger wouldn’t commit too.
The Hector Bellerin situation is slightly more complex. Whilst Wenger and Arsenal are the ones who have made the Spaniard into the player he is today, don’t be fooled into thinking this is where his loyalties lie. Bellerin is a product of Barcelona’s youth set up, and was plucked from the famous ‘La Masia’ before Wenger brought him to the Emirates. Sound familiar?
Bellerin’s situation is a replica of what Fabregas went through just five years ago. A Catalan at heart, it would be easy for the right back to make the move. After Dani Alves moved to Juventus in the summer, the Catalans have been left without a player who fits a similar mould. Barca have danced around with the idea of Sergi Roberto as Alves’s replacement, whilst Javier Mascherano came in at Right Back against Manchester City for their Champions League clash. Their is no doubt Bellerin would be their first choice target if they were to go looking, and it would be interesting to see Wenger’s resolve being tested, after not losing any star players since the exodus of Van Persie and co.
Manchester City are another possible suitor with Pep Guardiola making his interest clear. Current City Right Backs; Zabaleta and Sagna are both in their 30’s meaning a replacement for the pair is only a matter of time. It would bode well with Bellerin to stay in the Premier League where he has found his trade, and the possibility of working with Guardiola is somewhat of a dream for most young players. Nevertheless, Bellerin won’t be short of offers if he chooses to leave.
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Finally, Alexis Sanchez. For me, I think his sole aim is to win trophies. So for us to keep hold of our new Number 7, we must be at the top of the table, challenging for the Premier League, and even the Champions League. Sanchez is now perhaps more important than ever to the Gunners, as he has stepped forward and shown that he can be the star striker Arsenal have needed for years. Juventus showed an interest in the Chilean this summer, and other clubs wouldn’t exactly say no to the speed merchant. It is important to most star players that Arsenal start competing for the title. They now have a squad with depth and talent, so it is vital they start winning trophies.
Arsenal fans, can you see any of these players leaving? Let us know in the comments below!
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