Arsenal are prepared to offer Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez lucrative new contracts at the club, but must first convince the pair that the squad will be heavily bolstered this summer.
The Gunners had often been criticised for their lack of significant transfer activity but that changed over the space of 12 months.
Ozil joined from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for a club-record fee of £42.5 million, before Sanchez followed him a year later from fellow La Liga giants Barcelona.
The pair have undoubtedly had a significant impact on Arsenal’s fortunes, but yet again the Gunners have struggled domestically and their title hopes this season are all-but diminished.
The Times, however, reports that Wenger is keen to keep his star duo at the club and will offer them contracts with wages of up to £160,000 a week.
Despite that, the aforementioned report reveals that Ozil and Sanchez are quite worried about Arsenal’s fortunes on the field, with Wenger’s men set to finish the season trophy-less.
That now means that Arsenal’s proposed five-year deals will have to go on hold until the summer, when they will then sit down with the duo and try and convince them that the Emirates is the best place to be.
Arsenal were considered title favourites at one point this season, but once again a mini-capitulation in the second half of the season has left Wenger under extreme pressure.
The French tactician has seen his side crash out of the Champions League, fall 13 points behind league leaders Leicester City and also fail to retain their FA Cup following a loss against Watford last month.
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