Arsene Wenger has claimed that the contract situation surrounding the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil is ‘ideal’.
In a bizarre claim from the Frenchman, he claims that no matter how long a player has left on his contract, it shouldn’t be of a concern to the fans, despite the possibility of over £125m of talent leaving the voluble for free next summer.
Speaking after the club’s preseason Emirates Cup win at their home stadium, Wenger was asked if he was happy for the likes of Özil to allow his contract to run down. He said:
“Yes. It is not an issue and I think it’s an ideal situation because everyone has to perform.
“It should not change if you have two years or one year left, you go out on the pitch.
“I don’t understand, do you really think you sit in the dressing room before a game and you think, ‘Oh I have only one year left to go so I will not play well today?’
“Where does this come from? And what has that got to do with the length of your contract?
“And even if it happens that a player leaves it doesn’t matter. It looks normal to me and I am amazed you are surprised at that.
“I think in the future you will see this more and more – because transfer fees become so high, but it will happen because nobody will want the pay the amount of money demanded.
“I’m convinced that in the next ten years this will become the usual thing.”
Incredibly, Arsenal have eight players who have less than 12 months on their current contracts, including the star attractions of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil.
Sanchez was due to report for training today, but apparently has the flu and will now return to London on Tuesday. He has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, and it has been reported that he will hand in a transfer request in order to force through a transfer.