Arsenal drew with Chelsea 0-0 on Wednesday and will travel to Bournemouth on Sunday. However, the big news, since it’s a transfer window, has been about the comings and goings around the club. Mostly about goings, though. Following Francis Coquelin’s departure for Valencia, Arsene Wenger admits Alexis won’t re-sign.
Alexis Won’t Re-Sign
Our man Arsene spoke to the media about transfers (yet again) and touched on not only Alexis but also Ozil and Wilshere.
“It looks like Sánchez will not extend his contract, but we want to keep Jack and, if we have an opportunity maybe to keep Özil, the rebuild will be less deep than if all three left. We are still talking to Özil and there is still an opportunity for him to stay. I am more optimistic than I was last summer.
These guys want to win trophies and they want to make money as well. They want a combination of the two, that big clubs can give them. Incidentally, Özil has won trophies with us. So he wants to fight as well for the Premier League – that’s normal when you are at that level.”
So, Alexis won’t re-sign. Period. This seems almost strange to hear from Wenger. Usually, we get a seemingly-deluded point of view from the Frenchman, like when he insisted Robin van Persie was staying. We all know how that one turned out.
Now, however, even Les Boss seems to know what is coming; Alexis’ departure.
Probably we all knew he wouldn’t extend, but with this latest admission from Wenger, there is little doubt the media will be whipped into a frenzy. Guardiola, and now Mourinho, want the Chilean.
The only stopping block seems to be Arsenal’s asking price, thought to be in the region of $48 million (£35 million). Meanwhile, City is reportedly unwilling to pay the piper, which may prompt United into an audacious bid.
Ozil and Wilshere Might
I guess there’s always a silver lining, right? Fan-favorite Jack Wilshere is known to want to stay at the club, while Mesut Ozil has recently bought a mansion in London, so is known to love life there.
Probably the only thing stopping these supposed new contracts is money, just like with the Sanchez deal. With so many different stipulations in modern contracts, like bonuses, incentives, signing-on fees, etc, any negotiation takes time.
Sadly, real life negotiation isn’t nearly as simple and easy as just agreeing on a weekly wage. Especially for the injury-prone Wilshere, Arsenal will likely want to add fitness stipulations and a minimum appearance threshold.
The links tying either to a move away have been weak, to put it mildly, though. So, while it may be deluded to think new deals are a guarantee, it’s not outside the realm of possibility to think pen will strike paper.
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