Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are both asking Arsenal to offer them a significant pay rise to sign new contracts with the club. The German and the Chilean joined Arsenal from Real Madrid and Barcelona in 2013 and 2014 respectively and are now entering their final years of their current contracts.
Ozil is rumoured to be on a deal valued around £160,000-a-week while the Chilean is around £140,000-a-week and both of them are demanding that Arsenal offer them £250,000-a-week to re-sign with the club.
Arsene Wenger has previously expressed his desire to keep the two former La Liga stars at the club but is also seen as someone who is careful when it comes to altering the wage structure within the club. Moving Ozil and Sanchez to such high contracts, it could prompt a host of other stars to ask for the same which would place the club in a very delicate situation.
Many would argue that of all the players currently on the Arsenal roster, Ozil and Sanchez are amongst those who would justice to the wage demanded. Ozil finished last season as the highest assist provider in the Premier League while Alexis continued his strong run of form in front of goal again.
Arsenal are looking to tie down Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Laurent Koscielny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere to new deals but will have to wait till at least January to pursue any of those deals barring Spaniard Cazorla – who could sign a pre-contract with other clubs in January given he's in the last year of his current contract.
Jack Wilshere – who's on loan at Bournemouth – is in his penultimate year of his current contract and was rumoured to be inching closer towards signing a new Arsenal contract which could be confirmed sometime in November and December.