Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, spoke about the future of his three star players – Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere as he admitted that the Chile international is about to leave.
The Frenchman admitted that his team are about to lose Alexis Sanchez – but to be said, there is still a chance of keeping Mesut Özil at the club and Wilshere himself previously insisted that he wants to stay at Arsenal. However, Wenger knows that there will be a need to rebuild the squad but he would be happier not to replace all of these three.
The former AS Monaco coach spoke about the situation of his three key players as he said, according to Sky Sports: “Yes. There is still an opportunity for him to stay. These guys want to win, and they want to make money as well. So they want a combination of the two that big clubs can give them. Incidentally, he’s won trophies with us. So he wants to fight as well for the Premier League, that’s normal when you are at that level.”
He continued by adding that he doesn’t want to be in a situation to replace all of these: “It looks like Sanchez will not extend his contract, but we want to keep Jack and if we have an opportunity maybe to keep Ozil, the rebuild will be less deep than if all three left.”
In the end, Arsene Wenger insisted that it is easier to get a free-player than to buy him: “Players are going to the end of the contracts for one simple reason: the transfers are too high. The agents say to the (buying) club, ‘I bring him to you at the end of the contract, but you give me a big agent’s fee.’ So that basically is killing the transfers, and you will have more and more players going to the end of their contract because of that.”