Arsene Wenger says that the contractual situations of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are difficult, and that the club have had to ignore the financial implications in order to keep both players this summer.
It’s not unusual for players in the final 12 months of their deals to be sold if they can’t agree new terms – not just at Arsenal, but across football in general, yet Arsenal have decided to do just that.
Speaking after last night’s incredible 4-3 win over Leicester, the Arsenal manager admitted it wasn’t easy, but insisted both players were happy and would give their best for the Gunners this season.
“It’s difficult because you have to ignore complete the financial factor,” he told NBC.
“On the football front the decision is easy because you want the best players to stay at your club, the hope I have as well is that they weaken a little bit and they extend their contract.
“They are happy here, it’s more that the discussions we have opened couldn’t be concluded, but there’s no bad feeling.
“The players love to be here, they show that, you saw Ozil – he tried until the last minute tonight.”
When you consider what both players might fetch on the market this summer, it does illustrate that sporting considerations have now trumped financial ones, which is something to be applauded.