Arsenal’s contract talks with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could become a bit more problematic with the pair reportedly looking for £250,000-a-week deals.
Both players have contracts that currently run until 2018, and given their form so far this season, they have continued to prove just how important they are to Arsene Wenger’s side.
Sanchez has five goals and five assists in nine outings in all competitions, while Ozil has two goals in six Premier League games with Arsenal currently sitting in third place in the standings and just two points adrift of league leaders Manchester City.
However, according to The Times, a new issue could now effect contract talks between the players and club with the pair said to be demanding £250,000-a-week deals, £70,000-a-week more than what the two parties discussed 12 months ago, which in turn will cost the Gunners £36m more than they had budgeted for.
It’s added that the duo are set to re-open contract negotiations after the international break, but if the demands are genuine, then Arsenal will have plenty to consider in terms of their wage structure and finances moving forward.
The Times note that talks stalled last season as the pair wanted to focus on their football. Meanwhile, Arsenal were then busy in the summer transfer window bolstering their squad in an attempt to build on their second-place finish in the Premier League last season.
Wenger will be confident that the new arrivals can continue to make a positive impact in the months ahead to prove the club’s ability to compete for silverware this year, with Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi in particular impressing thus far, but the French tactician will also want to see two key cogs in his current line-up commit their long-term futures to Arsenal.
The Times claim that Ozil and Sanchez are currently on £140,000 and £130,000 a week respectively, and so it paints a clearer picture as to just how much they want their salaries increased and how far Arsenal could have to go to satisfy their demands.