Legend reveals who is more important to Arsenal: Arsene Wenger or Alexis Sanchez
Robert Pires believes Arsene Wenger is more important than Arsenal's two key players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez
Robert Pires has claimed that Arsene Wenger is more important to Arsenal than Alexis Sanchez.
The Arsenal manager is facing an uncertain future at the north London side despite being offered a new two-year contract extension.
Wenger has been facing increasing criticism from his own supporters with the fanbase divided after their humiliating Champions League exit.
The 67-year-old made the controversial decision to axe Sanchez from his starting line-up for Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield earlier this month.
The Chile international has failed to sign a new deal with the north London club despite starting protracted negotiations at the end of 2016.
Former Arsenal midfielder Pires is under no illusion when it comes to whether Wenger is more important to the Gunners than Sanchez.
“I hope for him (Sanchez) and Ozil they extend with new contracts. The negotiation is very difficult and maybe complicated,” Pires is quoted as saying by The Independent.
“But the most important is to see Arsene Wenger extend. Arsene Wenger is very, very important for Arsenal for now and for next season.
“I believe in Arsene Wenger. For me it was a privilege to work with him for six seasons. He was not perfect but he was good, we won some titles.”
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The former Barcelona and Udinese forward has scored 17 times in 26 games in the Premier League in the 2016-17 season.