The loss of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil will be a huge setback for Arsenal, according to youngster Alex Iwobi.
Will they, won’t they? The saga of whether or not Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will sign new contracts at Arsenal has been going on for over a year. As things stand, it seems both players will be heading out of the exit door next summer, if not in January.
Now Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has given his thoughts on the situation. He had this to say when speaking to The Sun:
“When they are fit they are unstoppable. They are both capable of changing a game or a season.
“They have a big decision to make. But it would be a huge setback to lose them because from the stats you can see we do need them for their goals and assists.
“For a team like Arsenal, we need to be aiming for the top four and we need what they bring.”
“It will be great for them to stay. I’ve learnt a lot from them.
“Just the opportunity to even train with them has been amazing. They are two top-class players with great experience having played at the top level.”
Iwobi makes some very good points. Of course Ozil and Sanchez are world class players and they can be game changers but if they no longer want to be at Arsenal, it is better to sell them and move on.
Sanchez was desperate to leave in the summer and would have done if his deadline day move to Manchester City didn’t fall through due to Arsenal not finding a replacement in time. I think Arsenal should have sold him. Alexis made it clear that he wanted to leave and Arsenal had plenty of time to find a replacement. Letting Sanchez leave for free when they could have got £60m for him appears to be a very bad business decision. Only time will tell.
As for Ozil, he has been linked to Manchester United in recent weeks and seems done with Arsenal. Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, when speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, said:
“I think in some departments he’s already left. Psychologically, mentally, he’s already left the football club. Maybe Wenger is now trying to do the best deal he can to get some compensation for him.”
Arsenal may well be a weaker side without Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, but it’s better to have a whole squad of players who want to be at the club rather than desperately trying to keep hold of two that don’t.