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Former Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to meet Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil’s contract demands.
Arsenal have been in talks with both players over a new deal since August and an agreement is yet to be reached.
Both parties involved in the negotiations have been shifting responsibility to each other but Parlour wants the club to stop wasting time and get the deal done. Arsene Wenger has publicly urged the players to commit their futures to the club but they are claiming their renewal is down to the club.
Before now, the Daily Mail and others claimed one of the players demand which is proving to be a stumbling block is their refusal to lower their wage demands and while this has brought some level of criticisms on the players from fans and legends, Parlour has backed the duo, claiming their demands should be met.
“Ozil and Sanchez are big factors in Arsenal going forward – you need to keep your best players. Arsenal have got more of a chance of winning something with Sanchez and Ozil in the team than without them,” said Parlour, as quoted by Football Insider.
“I think the biggest question at Arsenal at the moment is Sanchez. You’ve got to keep your best players and also add to that, and the big decision the board have got to make is whether they break the bank for him.”
Putting it at the back of your mind that meeting the players demand will smash Arsenal’s wage structure, do you think the club should do that in a bid to keep them at all cost?
I don’t have a problem with smashing the wage structure as both players deserve an improved contract but I don’t think it will be wise to meet their demands as it won’t put Arsenal in a good position in future negotiations. Other players could decide to hold the club to ransom, knowing fully well that the club would succumb to their demands.