Wenger: Europa League won’t make Ozil/Alexis talks harder

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Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal finishing outside of the top four will not make the job of convincing Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to stay any more difficult, as the players themselves will have to take some responsibility for that fact.

The Gunners require Liverpool or Man City to drop points on the final day, as well as picking up the maximum from the game with Everton, if they are to have Champions League football next season.

If that doesn’t happen, it’ll be the Europa League – a competition which certainly lacks the same lustre. However, the Arsenal manager insisted it wouldn’t make life more difficult with the two star players.

Asked if it might complicate matters, he said, “No, because they are part of the results as well. Like I am.

“Overall, I think first of all they are under contract and secondly they behave like they want to be in the Champions League and like they want to be at the club.

“They don’t behave like players who are disinterested in the future of the club.”

And on whether or not their contributions to the recent run of wins is a sign of their commitment, the manager was positive again, but did hint at something else.

“Maybe one day I will be able to speak about that, but I don’t question, at the moment, their focus and their determination because every game they turn up and give strong performances.”

We need two more big games from them, on Sunday of course, but then next Saturday at Wembley where we can win our third FA Cup in four years, and stop Chelsea doing the double.

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Goontang

Bullshit.

Wright on the money

This means they are both leaving either way then. Bye bye Sanchez and Ozil.

Pookins

What would he have needed to say in order for him to “mean” they are both staying?

Adam

That they are staying

Sean

I’m not one for gossip but this behind the scenes issue Arsene has referenced twice (possibly more) now has me chomping at the bit.

It wasn’t just one player, entire team performances suffered during that period. Even a shred of insight could be incredibly enlightening or eye-opening.

The man sure knows how to tease with those cards practically superglued to his chest.

Alex

It’s the ideal bluff. He never has to substantiate his inference that he did something great.

Heavenly Chapecoense

Alexis is not really part of the results maybe by being part of the team. Ozil is part of the results big time.

Anthony

It’s a team sport, win together, lose together.

Unless I missed the part where we became “Team Sanchez-Can-Do-No-Wrong” and “Team-The-Other-Ten-Guys”

That’s not to say Sanchez hasn’t contributed in a positive way, but he along with everyone else associated with the results are accountable for the results.

TDOG

I’m expecting the announcement of a new contract for Wenger, closely followed by new contracts for Sanchez & Ozil, closely followed by a sizeable war chest:: They ain’t stupid these chaps. Wenger knows he can’t just sign a contract then lose our 2 best players and he wants to sign a new contract: I’m not a Wenger in or a Wenger out guy, I’m an Arsenal fan and I want Arsenal to win .. I think we’ve proved that we can win in these last few weeks, the mentality and confidence of the players is so brittle under Wenger but that is based on results and performances. If we can avoid the crushing negatives (Man City & Everton) we have a chance . It’s not easy to win the premier league . Although I fully expect the war chest will not be spent on the world class striker we have needed for 5 years .. I live in hope that it will. I honestly believe that’s all we need .

PFo

Dude, love your optimism! Wish I could get there.

SirBobbyBergkamp

We will! COYG

215Arse

That all sounds nice, but we’ve been on repeat for years. Time for change.

Monkey Nuts

They aint stupid you say but if they do what you say as in sign up Ozil and Sanchez,provide a war chest and give Wenger another contract that will be really obviously stupid. I think we all might just see through that one and nothing will improve on the pitch if he’s still manager next season.

wash_dc_gunner

I absolutely can’t wait to read Wenger’s autobiography!

KingKolo

Arsene and his ‘maybe one day’… jeez

Gunnertron

That will be the title.

Jdog

Keep these two, Ox and Wojciech, sell Ospina, Ramsey and Walcott, secure Sead as wingback and bring in Isco and Mbappe or Griezmann. Easy (and then I woke up)

PFo

We don’t need Isco, who’s too offensive; we need someone genuinely top class (all our current guys are ok, but with significant weaknesses) who can partner Xhaka in a deep-lying/box-to-box midfield role. Other than that, I think you’re spot on.

Gunnertron

We need to clone Cazorla or find a guy who can ve moulded in to him. So important to our style of play under Wenger.

Jdog

Ja maybe, I was thinking abut the article a few weeks back about how we are actually lacking technical players in the middle (I think Tim Stillman). Problem is I can’t actually think of anyone for the box to box/deep lying role. Any suggestions?

Thawani Amit

Isco is a pretty good option. Carries the ball. Inventive. Pedigree.

Bruce Lee

Bollocks!

antgoon

This man sounds like a third world politician every time i listen to him.

Swing

We should be so lucky, any politician talking like him would be an upgrade, big fail on that comment

ramgooner

I want Mbappe or Griezmann at this football club.

Mbappe Alexis Ozil

Xhaka Cazorla

Kolasinac OX
Monreal Kos Mustafi
Cech

Bench: Giroud, Bellerin, Coquelin, Ramsey, Welbz, Theo, Keeper
Reserves: Holding, El Neny, Lucas, Iwobi, Gabriel, Mertesacker.

If it’s Griezmann i would put Ozil on the left and Griezmann on the right.

Greg

Maybe one day….

At the moment….

Pathetic. They aren’t as committed as me. Criticise them. Just go but no two more years of the same old same old. Within 10 games next season it’ll be toxic

Aamir

At this point, I’ve just accepted that both of them will go.

PGunner

I think the top 3 should qualify automatically for the Champs League. Then the winner of the FA Cup should go into CL qualifying stage. So in our case this year we would have qualified (for the CL qualifying) already by virtue of the West London cunts winning the league and already being in the CL proper. Proper hate that expression, but you know what I mean.

Anywho that’s not happened and ‘if’ it did get implemented next season I’m sure we’d probably finish 4th and get knocked out at the semi-final stage of the FA cup and I’ll curse the day I ever thought out loud on the train home from London on Arseblog of a Friday evening in mid-May.

Have a wonderful weekend all, vamos Boro!

santori

Europa league is like the Carling Cup of Europe.

Moanrinho will trumpet winning the league cup but in truth it is a rubbish competition unlike the FA cup.

Ditto the Europa. IMO we should definitely play it but we should not make it at expense of the league title which SHOULD be the main prize and goal next season.

The press won’t say it but BOTH Chelsea and Leicester before benefited from NOT being in Europe.

IF we even get to keep both or one of Ozil or Alexis, we need to first and foremost prioritise the league title next season.

Ambivalent about Europa. To me it will become a bit of a distraction for us. Certainly won’t be ANY pull for retaining our key players.

To me the Board will likely acquise to one of them being retain at expense of ammortisation.

Of the two, Alexis is the more important by far because he is our catalyst for everything. If we are to be serious next season, we need to support him better with one or two more inventive players with good technical skills IMO. No more little Britain experiment please monsieur Wenger.

santori

To me, we have to be planning to cut our cloth accordingly as if we are in europa and not CL.

We need to sign players that will see us as a step up but also can bring the qualities we need.

Someone like Babayoko at Monaco is perfectly getable for say 20-25m

Also Konoplyanka (regardless of whether Ozil leaves or stays for 27-33m . He’s a fantastic playmaker with excellent dribbling abilities and some pace and at 27yrs is fully experienced. On loan at Schalke from Sevilla at the moment, should be punching higher and certainly wasted if he ends up at fernebache.

Then I’d honestly like to see the club spend massive on one player. I think we need to seriously consider rejuvenation up front now.

Giroud is excellent for certain roles but we know he isn’t complete and he is getting on. Welbeck for all the love people like to shower on him is hardly efficient.

I would like to see us test PSG’s resolve. For sure they will want to spend big because they’ve been beaten to it by Monaco this season.

Draxler hasn’t played as much this season. Lets throw 60m at them and see if we can swing him over with lure of regular time on the pitch.

We can use him wide left (push Alexis right or middle) but also then develop him into that hybrid striker role (ala RVP) for near future.

We’ve already looked like resolving our left wing back shortfall with a free transfer on a decent player in Kolasinac.

I don’t think we need to go crazy with numbers, its quality and technical invention we need.

3+ Kolasinac is plenty.

We should sell Ospina, Jenko, debuchy, Jack, Elneny, Walcott (Not sure if Perez will stay, Per will step down)

Maybe if Ozil should decide to ship out, we may have to add one more. I’d sniff around for an Isco should he be available, someone with technical wizardry to hold the ball abit for us…

… but even an Arda Turan (at30yrs) is a decent short term solution for probably less who can also have utility to play in miidfield in the Santi role (I just don’t think we should be reliant on Santi being available for any stretch from here on given age and nature of injury)

santori

Still remember not too very long ago when many fans said we should forget about the Top 4 trophy and would gladly exchange it for a shot at a trophy like the FA cup (or worse League cup)

How times have changed.:D

Proves to you most people are shallow thinkers at best.

IF we win FA cup would you exchange it for Spurt’s second Best trophy?

Granted we all want the title…but would you rather we won second best for 5 seasons or FA cup?

Lets remember as well neither Chelsea nor Leicester the season before were encumbered by Europe.

Was Chelsea a club in ‘crisis’ and poorly run just because they did rubbish last season?

SirBobbyBergkamp

Harsh, but fair – they both have played a part in our season. Hope they stay and propel us upward.

wizardry

Thanks

Gillow Peter

I believe it will help boost our playing time in league

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