Arsene Wenger made some interesting revelations to the press following a 2-1 pre-season defeat to Sevilla.
The Frenchman was asked how he felt about several first-team players entering the final year of their contracts, and had this to say:
“I think in the future you will see that more and more. Players going to the end of their contracts. Why? Because transfers become so high, even for normal players, that you will see more and more players going to the end of their contract because nobody will want to pay the amount of money that is demanded.”
Wenger may have a point regarding ‘normal’ players being paid extraordinary wages and demanding excessive transfer fees from their clubs, but he certainly cannot place Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez into that bracket, especially considering the importance they hold within his team.
The Arsenal boss also described the contractual situation of these players as ‘ideal’ and further explained by saying that the length of their contract should have no impact on their performances.
He was questioned further on Alexis Sanchez, confirming that he returns to the squad on Monday night, and applied a philosophical approach when asked for his thoughts on Arsenal fans worrying about the Chilean leaving the club.
“What can I do about that? One day he will go and Arsenal will go on. We will all go one day and Arsenal will hopefully go on.”
The Frenchman was quick to shut the door on speculation of Sanchez’s immediate exit when questioned if he would stay, saying, “Yes, of course. How many times have I told you that?”