Arsenal legend delivers blunt verdict on Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez situation
David Seaman says Arsenal must be prepared to spend big to keep Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at the club
David Seaman has urged Arsenal to break the bank to keep Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at the club.
The pair’s futures have been a source of speculation in recent weeks due to the fact that their contracts are due to expire in the summer of 2018.
Both Sanchez and Ozil are believed to be in talks with Arsenal about the possibility of extending their current deals with the north London club beyond 2018.
Arsenal are likely to have to give both players a significant pay rise if they want to keep the star duo at the club.
However, former Arsenal goalkeeper has told the Gunners to splash the cash on keeping them at the club.
Seaman is quoted as saying by The Daily Mirror: “To win the title Arsenal have got to keep their best players.
“We used to do that. When big clubs came calling for Thierry Henry or Patrick Vieira, we always managed to send them packing.
“But then the club went through a phase of selling them, although maybe that was partly because finances forced our hand.
“Now they are in a situation where they have a great chance of winning the Premier League for the first time in 13 years and they don’t need to sell.
“The Emirates Stadium is paid for, the bank manager is happy, so if it means paying Sanchez and Ozil what they are worth – or perhaps even a little bit more – just do it.
“If Arsenal lost Sanchez now, they would have to spend a colossal amount of money, maybe £50-60million, to bring in a replacement of his quality.
“Why not just go the extra mile to keep him and Ozil at Arsenal? They are special players, and it’s special players who make the difference between winning the major trophies and coming close.
“People talk about breaking the wage structure and upsetting the applecart, but in the dressing room nobody will complain if the club accommodates a couple of higher earners who are in that ‘special’ bracket and they deliver the title.
“Arsene must make sure that if either of them leaves – and all the supporters hope it doesn’t come down to this – it must not be for financial reasons.
“I’m all for good housekeeping, but sometimes in football you’ve got to push the boat out a bit further. You have to stay ambitious.”
Ozil has developed a reputation as one of the Premier League’s top playmakers since his arrival at the club from Real Madrid in 2013.
Sanchez, meanwhile, has earned plenty of praise since being deployed up front for the Gunners this season.