Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set for a fight to keep hold of his side’s most effective performers according to multiple sources.
Chilean Alexis Sanchez and German international Mesut Ozil are both in great form this season and are now within 18 months of the end of their respective contracts and both players are seeking massive salary increases which the North London side are reportedly unwilling to offer.
This has led to interest from Real Madrid in Ozil and Chelsea’s move to target Sanchez, with both sides capable of meeting the demands made by the duo.
The Daily Mirror claim Chelsea will look to take advantage of the contractual impasse by making a formal approach for 27-year-old South American Sanchez, with Blues boss Antonio Conte keen to pair the former Barcelona man alongside Diego Costa in a new look Stamford Bridge attack.
Sanchez is now the joint leading scorer in the English top-tier following his superb hat-trick away at West Ham last weekend and is reaching the peak of his career to date and Wenger would do well to find the funds to keep the forward at the Emirates Stadium.
Alexis Sanchez is believed to be on a current deal worth £140k a week but is said to want as much as £250k a week before he’ll pen a new extension.
There is growing speculation that Ozil is keen on a return to Real Madrid with the Daily Mail claiming praise offered by the Arsenal man for boss Zinedine Zidane amounts to a ‘come and get me’ plea from the World Cup winner.
‘Zidane was always my idol. I always saw at their matches and wanted to be like him,” Ozil said.
‘(We) play in the same position and (he) is a reference for me. When I met him for the first time in Madrid I was very nervous. Then he reassured me, he gave me confidence and we had a great relationship.’
Arsenal signed Ozil from the Spanish giants in 2013 and the 28-year-old has proven a big hit at the Premier League side but if Wenger fails to end a lengthy domestic title drought there is perhaps a good chance he would push to leave.
Ozil is also looking for a big pay-rise on his current £150k a week deal.
Arsenal sit in second spot in the table after a strong start to the season and Wenger has a strong chance to pick up top silverware this term and failure to do so could prove catastrophic.
Since their opening day defeat to Liverpool, Arsenal have remained unbeaten in 19 Premier League and Champions League fixtures and Wenger has great strength in depth at present and 2016/17 offers a genuine chance to deliver the goods.
Arsenal could face losing their best performers if once again they are left empty handed come May.