Arsenal legend delivers verdict on Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez contracts: This could happen
Martin Keown comments on the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at Arsenal this season
Martin Keown believes that Arsenal may have to win the Premier League title this season to convince both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to stay at the club.
The pair’s futures have been a source of speculation in recent weeks after they entered into the final 18 months of their contracts at The Emirates.
Both Ozil and Sanchez are believed to be in negotiations with Arsenal about the possibility of extending their current deals with the Gunners.
The players are likely to want a significant wage increase as at 27 and 28 years old, their next contract could end up being the most lucrative of their career.
And former Arsenal defender Keown has discussed the various implications and factors at play as both Ozil and Sanchez consider their futures.
Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Keown said: “It may take winning the Premier League to get both signatures in the bag.
“Every player has their own different motivation. For some, it is winning the league and for others it is earning a new contract.
“Perhaps Arsenal could use delivering the Premier League as the motivation for Ozil and Sanchez to sign new deals.
“I have a feeling that when one signs, the other will follow suit. If Ozil had already signed, I’m sure Sanchez would have, too.
“I don’t think Sanchez could find anywhere else in Europe that is better than what he is finding at Arsenal. He is a free spirit, working with a manager who will give him the freedom to express himself.
“He is using his tremendous pace to great effect in a central position and Arsenal must make the most of him in that position.
“Arsenal won’t be held to ransom — we’ve seen this with Robin van Persie. But if they leave it 18 months and the pair leave on a free then that’s the best part of £72million gone.
“Arsenal would need to spend at least £100m to replace them. They need to get these two signed up.”
Arsenal finished second and without a trophy last season and will now turn their attentions towards their Premier League clash with Everton on Tuesday night.