LONDON — Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger has dismissed issues about having a handful of star gamers with just one 12 months left on their contracts, calling it “a super scenario” for the membership.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have each refused to signal long-term contract extensions, whereas gamers like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are additionally getting into the ultimate 12 months of their present offers. Whereas hypothesis continues to swirl about Sanchez’s future, Ozil appears to be like sure to stick with the Gunners subsequent season even when which means he might depart without spending a dime subsequent summer time.
And regardless of Arsenal hiring contract professional Huss Fahmy this summer time to assist type out the scenario, Wenger claimed he isn’t fearful in regards to the present state of uncertainty.
“By no means. I believe it is a super scenario. As a result of all people has to carry out,” Wenger mentioned after Arsenal misplaced 2-1 to Sevilla on the Emirates Cup on Sunday. “If you’re a soccer participant you carry out till the final day of your contract. What does it change when you have two years on one 12 months to go?
“For those who exit on the soccer pitch you wish to play and to do properly. I do not perceive, do you actually assume that you simply sit within the dressing room earlier than the sport and assume, ‘Oh I’ve just one 12 months to go, I cannot play properly right now.’ The place does that come from?
“If you’re a soccer participant you wish to exit and play and do in addition to you’ll be able to. What does that need to do with the size of your contract?”
Wenger, whose personal contract scenario grew to become a year-long saga final season earlier than signing a two-year extension after the FA Cup remaining, additionally mentioned that gamers operating down their contracts will quickly grow to be the norm due to the inflated switch charges in right now’s market.
“Sooner or later, you will note that increasingly more, gamers going to the top of their contracts,” he mentioned. “Why? As a result of their transfers grow to be so excessive, even for regular gamers, that you will note extra gamers going to the top of their contract as a result of nobody desires to pay the sum of money that’s demanded. I am satisfied that within the subsequent 10 years it can grow to be regular.”
Wenger has repeatedly mentioned he will not promote Sanchez this summer time regardless of curiosity from Manchester Metropolis, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain for the Chile ahead. Sanchez is due again in London on Monday evening after a bout with flu, placing his availability for the beginning of the season doubtful.
Even when Sanchez stays on the membership after the switch window closes, followers are more likely to proceed worrying about whether or not he’ll depart the membership subsequent summer time. And Wenger admitted he cannot do a lot to ease these fears.
“Look, what can I do about that? Someday he’ll go, and Arsenal will go on. We’ll all go at some point, and Arsenal hopefully will go on,” Wenger mentioned.
“No one is aware of that Sanchez will not prolong his contract right here. The efficiency on the day doesn’t rely upon the size of the contract. If that was true, we’d signal all people for 20 years. … I am not satisfied that the size of the contract has an influence on the efficiency of any participant.”
Mattias is ESPN FC’s Arsenal correspondent. Comply with him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.