The Telegraph is reporting this evening that Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are heading for pastures new this summer.
They’re running a piece with three bylines – Jeremy Wilson, Matt Law, and Jason Burt – which says that the German has not responded to the latest contract offer from the club.
It comes after a period when he’s been out of the team through illness, not his first bout this season, and a loss of form which has been so profound his agent angrily hit out the 28 year old being made a scapegoat.
The situation with Sanchez is clearly a difficult one too, having been disciplined by being left out of the Liverpool staring line-up for a training ground bust-up, there have been no indications from his side that he’s willing to sign new terms.
The Chilean has been in the spotlight because of his behaviour over the last couple of months but remains the club’s top scorer and top assist maker.
And as for Oxlade-Chamberlain, the club have yet to offer him a new contract despite the fact he’s heading towards the final 12 months of his current deal, along with Ozil, Sanchez, Gibbs, Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny.
The article looks to have had input from his agents, and says, “Sources close to the 23-year-old have suggested he needs a fresh challenge with Arsenal yet to offer him a new deal.
“It now appears that there is little chance that Oxlade-Chamberlain will sign a new contract even if one is offered to him because the club have left it so late and he craves more regular first-team football.”
That is classic shop window stuff there, but also a way of trying to increase any potential offer from Arsenal. However, if they haven’t made one by now, it suggests they’re willing to let him go.
So, the two stars could be going, and the Ox is a doubt too. Still, it gives us a chance to get the Poo-o-Meter out, and we’re going with a reasonable 5 on this one, despite the fact a lot can change in a few months.
But would anyone be really surprised if they were angling for exits?