Wenger: No agreement with Ozil & Sanchez, talks on hold

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Arsene Wenger says negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been put on hold until the summer after contract talks stalled with both players.

The Gunners have been trying to persuade their star duo to sign new deals at the Emirates for the best part of a year, however, with both men out of contract in July 2018 they could be forced to sell at the end of the season or risk losing them for free further down the line.

Speaking to beIN Sport about the talks, Wenger confirmed: “At the moment we have not got an agreement.

“We have decided to focus on the end of the season and talk about it in the summer, it is the same situation with Ozil because once you don’t find an agreement and it [the negotiation] lasts, it is not good so it is better you get it out and sit down in the summer.”

Alexis has been heavily linked with a move away from the club with Paris Saint Germain, Juventus, Manchester City and clubs in China all touted as possible destinations. It’s understood that Arsenal would be open to cashing in on the 28-year-old.

Ten days ago, Ozil said about his future: “Everything is open. We had talks with Arsenal. Right now I’m concentrating on the current season.

“Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons I joined Arsenal. But I know that sometimes things go very fast in football and that you can never plan something.”

Hmm. None of this is sounding particularly positive.

As part of the same interview, Wenger discussed his future, the banners at West Bromwich Albion and maintaining perspective. You can read those quotes here. 

Here’s a puppy looking at a kitten to cheer you up.

“We’ve been through hard times before little one, we’ll survive.”

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Pooner
Pooner

They gone.

spinner
spinner

Yep, both of them gone.
What is important now is get the maximum possible sale price and reinvest that money in new world class players.

Deano

None will come, and we are eventually running out of gold to cash in on.

Deano

Seriously Spinner we have flogged all our gold for the last ten years, to rival teams on occasion as well. Hard to attract world class players to play with a squad minus Ozil and Sanchez.

He keeps banging on about what he has achieved here and made the club what it is today. He’s right and that is how he should leave it, because right now he is doing a greater job of dismantling everything he has achieved!

MJay
MJay

or we could just spend the next year looking at puppies and kittens…
that would bring a calm I dearly need

Sam
Sam

except looking at that kitten’s ears make me thinks puppy is just about to be well cuffed on the shnozzer!

IamaGoober

Yeah, like I don’t know how we are going to attract top drawer players anymore.

Those guys leaving this summer will make us look like absolute mugs, it literally labels us small timers, because lets not forget, they both came from bigger clubs to join Arsenal. We didn’t pick them out of ‘small’ little European feeder clubs, those guys left Barcelona and Real Madrid, and after 2/3 seasons with us they have deciphered that we aren’t ever going to win the big competitions so they’re offski.

After those guys go, you think any decent top drawer player is going to waste the best years of their career to come and play for Arsenal? At least United will give them the money they want – but we wont. The only thing we have over those guys is that we are in London, and we have the second biggest club stadium in England. But with Chelsea and Sp*rs both building new stadiums our appeal is going to go down rapidly.

So in the next 5 years; we wont have the biggest stadium in London; we still wont be paying the big money; we wont of won a league title for nearly 20 years; and we will still wont of won a European title (and the jury is out as to whether or not we will even be in The Champions League anymore after this year).

There could be some really tough times ahead guys – like worse then we have ever seen before.

Andrés
Andrés

And the most important thing for Arsenal Inc.; paying the most expensives tickets in London

Fletcher
Fletcher

So negative. …

Ant
Ant

it’s the truth. Our best players have been leaving us for more than 10 years because the manager is clueless and the club in general is a business with no ambition but to make profits.

Ars
Ars

This is why we say : wenger out !

Fletcher
Fletcher

Clueless. .? My god…who do you think have brought them here in the first place,
Question is why would they stay when banners are flying asking for the head of the man they trust the most?

..i think it is time fan take responsibility for their actions …and act responsibly.

locksley444
locksley444

This makes me laugh do hard. Thanks mate 😀 I’m resigning from my post as ‘influential supporter’ who’s caused a stale atmosphere, lack of ambition, and tactical naivety.

GunnerYY
GunnerYY

Players leave because of the banners? Lol, ask Van Persie and Fabregas why they leave us. It’s about ambitions of the club and how club respect them.

voldermort
voldermort

my money, your money thats what brought them here. Players are mercenaries and go where the money is. Naive to think anything else.
To think they came because all the champions league titles arsene has won or all the premier titles that have come arsenals way in the last 10 years or so.
Money is what runs football and footballers. If they can move to a club that wins things and pays them more then jackpot. But bollox at their level is it Wenger. Find a current a current player who would say a bad word against the manager, impossible, wait until he goes then ask again

Bob\'s Mexican Cousin
Bob\'s Mexican Cousin

The behaviour of some of the fans regarding Ozil has been plain stupid. They’ve gone full pundit on us in doing their best to alleniate our record signing because he has poor body language.

We did not sign him because of his tackling or his physicality, nor will his next club sign him for these reasons; and yet, some expect him to go full Coq.

Mein Bergkampf
Mein Bergkampf

Wenger has no idea how to deal with big name players and as a result, they always leave. He’s excellent at getting the most out of our younger players, putting his arm around them and being a father figure but big players like Fabregas, Van Persie, now Ozil and Sanchez, just leave the minute they get a sniff of another club. We are terrible negotiators, provide no reason for these players to stay and lack the ambition required for career minded footballers to bother hanging round. Careers are short, why spend them getting 4th spot and spanked in the Champs league?

Paul
Paul

My like buttons have yes!

clins
clins

didint knew we had to take that atom and humber banner so fast

crazy gunner
crazy gunner

The truth is I have accepted that as a fact for awhile now..

I asked myself are they the best players to ever had the club’s crest on their chest?.

Better players have come and gone and we are still here ..we will be long after they’ve gone..

the stats show that we have not won the league since they’ve been here …and not even come close so what’s the point…

Lets invest the money in players who are ready to die for the cause and we will win the elusive EPL..

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

If they leave I don’t see us attracting top quality talent. The signal would be loud and clear, we’re not a top team and we can’t compete for the top trophies. Best bet would be to find a Kante-like gem but when’s the last time we did something like that? More likely they’ll just end up part of Wenger’s Could-Have-Should-Have Xl

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

Actually Top quality talent is attracted to good projects. Arsenal under Wenger are a club with a downward trajectory.

If Wenger leaves and a class manager comes in, then suddenly the project livens up again. Arsenal have money to spend now. Only problem is that Wenger wasted nearly 100 mil of it last summer window on players who have not been that good. Xhaka Mustafi have not been upto the mark, and Lucas has hardly played. Its their first season and so lets not go overboard, but if Arsenal give that same money to the next manager then the Arsenal project suddenly becomes a very attractive one.

The best will want to come and don the shirt.

Martin
Martin

Totally disagree with you about Xhaka. One of the best summer signings.

dr Strange
dr Strange

He’s the second best of those three. Mustafi is really poor and he’s a panic buy. He wasn’t good enough for Arsenal before he joined and he will never be.

Lucas is the second best winger/striker we have and I can’t understand why Wenger won’t play him.

I new nothing of Xhaka before he signed but I had high hopes but he is clumsy, slow and an ugly player. He might come really good, he is young, he has good vision and a great left foot, but he must improve a lot next season to convince me.

Vespertillio
Vespertillio

I’m lost so did he waste £100m or not. Have they not been good enough or is it first season teething troubles.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

Yeah 100 mil later Arsenal are in 6th. Do you really need me to spell it out for you.

215Arse
215Arse

Let the descend to mid table obscurity begin. 20 years of hard work are starting to circle the drain.

By the way, which world class players want to come to Arsenal? We don’t win anything and we pay outdated wages so fuck boy Kroenke can line his pockets. This club is pissing me off right now.

Frog
Frog

They’re both gone. And you know what? I’m ok with that. It doesn’t hurt like the ones in the past. We had a better striker (Rvp) and a better midfielder (cesc ) walk away and we keep going. I can’t be fussed about losing a primadonna crybaby and some soft wanker who goes missing when the shit is on the line.

Clive St Helmet
Clive St Helmet

Let me fix that for you:

“We had a better striker (Henry) and a better midfielder (Vieira) walk away and we keep going.”

Frog
Frog

Clive, you’re also correct. And Henry and pat were way better than these current two.

Deano

So by your obvious conclusion frog, start at Henry and big Pat go down slightly to Cesc and Van Persie and according to you down again to Ozil and Sanchez. So I suppose it begs the question who’s coming next?

Frog
Frog

Not my point at all. The point is we will move on and survive. For 35 years I’ve loved The Arsenal FC. Not Arsene FC or Thierry and paddy FC or cesc and rvp. Or ozil and Sanchez. Point is, better players have come and gone and better players will come and go. Red shirt, white sleeves. Up the arse.

215Arse
215Arse

And what have we won since then!?

kaius
kaius

Counterpoint – look back at the few wins in big games over the last few seasons and usually one of Alexis or Ozil (or both) had a big game. United at home last season, Chelsea this season. In this season’s Champions League group stages, Alexis practically scored or assisted every goal.

You’re on a slippery slope when you start describing those two as soft crybabies. What does that say about the rest of our team?

ForeignGooner
ForeignGooner

“primadonna crybaby”

Funny how you call a natural winner like Alexis a ‘primadonna crybaby’ and at the same time want us to be a winning, successful team.
Arsenal fans getting worse by the day.

Why not
Why not

I get your point. However…. alexis is and still will be a petulant crybaby. Whether he is a natural fighter or not is a different matter. His shitty attidude has mot helped the team one bit in this difficult moment. If anything it is destructive to the team right now.

Stan Kroenke's Blood Sucker
Stan Kroenke's Blood Sucker

put on hold for ever! Too ambitious for KSE anyway *slurp*

wizardry
wizardry

Both have been great for us. If they want to stay, great! If they don’t, then I really hope they like Chinese food.
We aren’t RM or Barcelona. We can’t have players with egos.

John C
John C

It’s the Ego of our manager that’s the problem not our players!!

Clive St Helmet
Clive St Helmet

At some point we have to accept that, for whatever reason, the players are not performing at the levels we know they can.

Vespertillio
Vespertillio

When you perform in 2 second half’s against Bayern the way they did then that’s not a manager’s ego. That’s a disgraceful performance from the men on the pitch.

SwissArse

Appologies for this one but the sooner Özil leaves, the better. He’s mostly always disappointing.

David C
David C

yup, I hated it when he got 19 assists in a season. I was utterly disappointed….

ForeignGooner
ForeignGooner

I suspect your memory resets itself every four weeks.

kimjobil
kimjobil

Its all about the kittens and the puppies till May blogs. You are doing a great job on that…. Thanks *sniff

Frazer
Frazer

I think you’ll find that its the Kitten thats looking at the Puppy, as he stares worriedly into space thinking about The Arsenal’s future

Mootilated
Mootilated

”Oh, the contract talks with our best players? On hold till the summer. Yeah. Makes sense. I mean, who would want to make the signing of your two best players the priority? Fuck that. We’ll leave that to the summer when bids can come in. That will definitely entice them to extend with us!”

Eejits.

Vespertillio
Vespertillio

Quite possible it’s the players saying wait till the summer,so they can see what their options are

kaius
kaius

He’s trying to to sell it like it’s the “sensible thing to do” when, like any other world class player, they want to compete for top honours and Wenger can’t give them that platform.

Before Xhaka this summer, Wenger hadn’t signed a midfielder who could slot into the 1st XII since Santi Cazorla signed in 2012. And that was a guy we bought in the fire-sale at Malaga along with Nacho Monreal.

He gambled that playing random squad players in midfield along with Alexis and Ozil could win titles. And now he won’t take responsibility for this catastrophic contract stand-off.

A proper club would have forced Arsene to sign better midfielders over the last 5 seasons, or asked Wenger to step down and bring in a manager to build on this squad. We’ve done neither. The whole thing is a complete joke.

YabbaDabbaDude
YabbaDabbaDude

Arsene may gamble with unproven talent, but he is nothing if not a sensible man. Probably invests his considerable personal wealth sensibly, drives a sensible car and wears sensible shoes. A perfect fit for the owner who can sleep well 5000 miles away knowing his investment is in the safest of hands. Honestly, if you were Stan K, would you want to gamble on a new manager?

JackyBoy
JackyBoy

Thank you for the puppy and kitten photo. It worked!

Chrispy
Chrispy

I’m actually beyond caring. Thanks for ruining my love for the club, Arsene.

Arsenal Corporation. Arenal FC is a romantic memory.

Vespertillio
Vespertillio

Will you start to love the club again once he leaves or once the board leaves or once Vic Akers leaves ?

That’s a bit like saying you’ll start to love your other half again once they get that boob job/Penis extension. Love for the club is unconditional (or should be).

Aw/Kroenke/even our best ever players are always only just passing through.
They should be irrelevant as far as your love is concerned.
They might have helped you fall in love with the club but it’s the club you love,not them.At least it should be.

Stuck on repeat...
Stuck on repeat...

Get your point & completely agree with the love for the club should always come first. Just not sure that ANYONE could ever love Kronke or KSE.

Think he shares your thinking, in that love for Arsenal (& the cash cow that it is specifically for him) will come first. He will never sell as it’s a safe investment for him (& ONLY an investment for him). He views the fans as just passing through…

Double98

Arsene did not ruin the club.

Kroenke did.

Arsene is the man desperately losing the battle to keep the whole thing afloat because STAN COULDN’T GIVE A FLYING FUCK.

No manager coulld have succeeded in a context of an apathetic owner. We should have been investing 2 to 3 times the amount we have because we have only been treading water.
Xhaka, Mustafi, Lucas, Elneny. Who knew of any of them before we bought them for big money??
And if you heard of them who could say they were the big name we needed?

They should have been the squad fillers – we needed dick law to go and BUY griesman level players at any cost.
Winger, Rightback, left Back, Centre Forward, Centre mid and Central Defender.
We all know these are the holes.

Sell – Gibbs, Ramsay, Walcott, Coquelin, Ozil, Sanchez, Ox
you might get 100m for that lot.
add that to your 200m warchest and spend the money til the warchest is empty because this is war..

California Gooner
California Gooner

What do you think the market is for Ramsey, Coquelin, Gibbs and Theo? Honestly there isn’t much of a market for Özil. Our best asset(Alexis) looks hell bent on leaving. People blame Kronke and I get that but Kronke didn’t buy Sanogo or Kallstrom Wenger did. Kronke didn’t sell Van Persie to United for £24 mil. Kronke didn’t spend more on Xhaka than Chelsea did on Kante. Wenger needs to go NOW!

Si
Si

THIS

Uncle D
Uncle D

This. Fully agree

Stuck on repeat...
Stuck on repeat...

Semi agree with this. Firmly believe though, that the lack of ambition didn’t start with AW. It started with Kronke & KSE (who have never shown ANY ambition for any club they own…or actual interest for that matter either).

It then filtered down to the board, & has finally filtered down to the manager & in turn the players.

Think this whole “war chest” thing has been nothing but BS. Is the money there? Probably…But there has never been a willingness to actually spend it at owner or board level. Think AW has always had to fight for every penny he has actually spent.

Not letting AW off in his roll, nor certain players. Just firmly believe that change is also desperately needed at the very top. There’s a kind of musical chairs that’s been played with AFC as we have moved in this downward spiral. The music will stop, & someone will be left without a chair (either AW or certain players). The board & Kronke / KSE seem have placed “reserved” signs or their chairs.

Change from top to bottom for me is the only way forward. NOT change from the bottom first (players, then manager), then eventually possible change at the top (board, then owner.

Sad days…& don’t really see it happening.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I can see why Sanchez would want to leave and I don’t blame him. I don’t see him staying if there’s no champions league, plain simple. And it’s not like our other players are playing up to champions league standards either.
Ozil, i think he might stay. Although I must say that an Ozil supplying through balls n passes to front three of Real Madrid would be a sublime thing to watch. Granted Zidanne gives him the freedom to play his style. The reason I say that is, I’ve been watching real Madrid games and the amount of space opposing teams allow their central midfielders to operate in is amazing.

Atom
Atom

I’m less concerned about Ozil the player leaving in terms of performance as Wenger refuses to buy a proper holding midfielder which means that Ozil’s refusal to do any defensive work is magnified but more concerned about the message it sends that the only top players in the side no longer believe in the project. While he’s not in the same bracket in a lot of ways it’s actually worse if the OX, Jack or Ramsey leave as that says even the players Wenger brought up no longer believe in him.

Antgoon
Antgoon

Arsene Wenger FC

WizardÖz
WizardÖz

The only way Alexis and Ozil will sign on again is to sack Wenger and bring in in a top manager with energy and ambition. Otherwise I wouldn’t blame either player for leaving

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

are sanchez and ozil the puppy and the kitten? kind of makes sense if you really stretch it….

Voldermort
Voldermort

In other words renew your season tickets then we tell that your 2 best players are leaving only to be told that because we have no champions league football we can’t attract or afford new adequate replacements.But thank you for your interest in our football club

Goonersmurf
Goonersmurf

Thanks Arsene

santori
santori

I think we are likely seeing departures. Plural.

Wenger may have a slim opportunity to convince Ozil to extend short term but we are likely not matching Alexis’s appetite.

BOth players came to the club off the back of dissapointing stays at Madrid and Barca where they felt they had their growth stunted.

They chose Wenger because of his reputation for development and in truth, both have developed over the years at Arsenal despite our lack of title/European success.

BUT I think they feel its as far as he can take them now and at 27/28yrs, this will represent the last big move in the career, an opportunity to cash in whilst their stock is high (in part thanks to Wenger)

It will be a tricky summer for us.

If the gaffer should stay to fix it (and he is one of the best in market…whether he buys sufficient premium players is another issue), he will have to throw a bit of caution into the wind and gamble on more premium signings (I feel 3 to 4 this time) in what will invariably more than likely be his testimonial year.

santori
santori

I think the market will be challenging.

There are several players who can replicate what Alexis gives us.

Greizzman is one. Whether he will come over to us is another thing.

For sure, that 4th spot trophy will be minimal in any decision for him to select us (beyond silly United style money which we cannot sustain)

A cheaper option and one who will still be hotly sought after but may be within better reach is Mahrez. He will give us threat from the right as oppose to Greizzman who is predominantly left side.

IF we (Wenger) can add an Mbappe into the mix to balance out the left, we put ourselves in good stead in reinvention. I feel Wenger has also crucially got to let go of someone like Walcott.

Cash in on Theo now whilst he still has the legs at 27/28yrs before his chief asset wanes.

My gripe with some of our players in recent incarnation of the team is that we are too predictable and lack nuance. Partially Wenger had embarked on the whole home grown project which has been hit and miss. Fundamentally, we are lacking technical edge as many of the lower teams have afforded betters killed players and crept closer to our level (Just think of Mahrez at Leicester or Shaqiri at Stoke)

Partially this also explains why it has been more difficult in recent seasons for us to grind out results and why we ares till far off.

BUT even against peer rivals, I feel we lack the technical command we once enjoyed during Wenger’s first half of tenure.

Thereby the sort of players he should be bringing in need to IMO be highly technical types with an element of surprise to create the chaos we need to open up defenses again (rather than side by side methodical approach)

Mbappe will be hot commodity. Probably if I have to guess, he will price at 28m and up.

Mahrez was likely 45m last summer which was too hot even for the likes of Barca but the price should creep down with intent to sell as Leicester will more than likely be no longer be in CL (famous last words). 35m thereabouts is about right with plenty of suitors.

With regards Ozil, I think his skill set is more difficult to replace,

I don’t think it will be easy (as the press would suggest) to pry Pjanic away from Juventus.

More likely if we (and we should be) are looking for some experience, we should be tracking Ganso (27yrs) at Sevilla. Again good technical skills and vision.

Wenger can of course point to the enigmatic Ramsey (whom I’d keep for versatility and play in the hole where he is most effective as an alternative), or Iwobi but I would think he will repeat the same mistakes again by being reliant on development alone.

In absence of Ozil, there is also Koke at Athletico but he tends to drop deep to orchestrate.

Another alternative shoould either of Ozil or Alexis be bought by PSG is to negotiate a swap (particularly relevant if Ozil) on Pastore. The Argentine has sublime skills and can play off either of Welbeck or Giroud (we will have to compensate with a bit of the orchestration coming from deeper through the excellent Granit should he not be sitting out a spell for red of course)

On that note, I feel deep midfield has been THE concern all season and needs looking into.

The relationship between Granit and Coquelin has not been balance. Indeed Le Coq seems best suited to Santi alone and we know the Spaniard with age and injury will less than likely be reliable in availability next season. It will be a repeated mistake to do so.

Thereby the carrier role needs to be addressed. Ramsey isn’t it (as mention is better as an alternate to the Ozil role). Iwobi may be developed as he has both strength and ball retention skills plus good vision for through passes but again its developmental.

I think we would be fool hardy not to add here. Elneny is to me mediocre, someone bought to be content to come off the bench for donkey’s work.

Someone like Saul at Athletico will be an excellent partner to Granit (or indeed Coquelin). He is gritty and replicates that Spanish tidy feet we have missed without Santi.

Probably if I was to hazard a guess, he will cost easily 25-30m and up.

At the back, I think our chief priority is to watch the left flank.

Cbacks are spoken for and in terms of Bellerin, I feel Wenger should just revert Calum back to Rback role which he functioned so brilliantly as with Soton, at least for next season.

IF there is an addition it will be difficult to choose between replacing MOnreal or GIbbs. The former has the composure and decision making but lacks the pace. The latter has the pace but is erratic in decision.

I would prefer to keep MOnreal for another season if there had to be a choice.

Bramall is a potential replacement but best served IMO at this point fast tracked with a loan spell.

So if we have to bring someone in, Wenger will have to surprise us (hopefully not with an unknown Brazilian named Santos but someone more akin to his pick of Monreal)

Finally between the sticks, I think it may be time to relinquish Ospina.

he’s a decent shot stopper but I fear for our run in now without Cech because Ospina is so weak commanding the box and crosses.

Maybe its time to revisit the Polish keeper no one can spell the name of Szsceny. He’s had a decent spell on loan and maturing and may be just the sort of competitor we need to develop alongside the aging Cech now.

Plenty of food for thought. Not an easy summer but there are options to consider.

The key will be whether Wenger goes the extra mile and gambles on more premium signings. He has never bought poorly on average but if anything, if he should be criticised in recent seasons, he has been timid not to bring in that one more extra premium player each season that could tip the balance for him

As mentioned heis not a poor tactician but he has always flattered to deceive because he has been excellent in market which covers up for some of the flaws he has tactically (and the naivity).

Teach an old dog new tricks. Well therein lies the issue.;)

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I read your comment and I read it from bottom upwards. And your first sentence in ur comment is a great conclusion to your comment as well. (I don’t know how u did that)
I agree with a lot of ur points although not all. I feel nervous about the transfer window. Because we may no longer have the champions league to offer. I think a lot of the players u mentioned would be wanting the champions league as they are from top clubs.
Mahrez, I feel, for sure is signing for arsenal as Theo replacement.
Not sure if u remember that one Gooner who bought a Mahrez arsenal jersey last transfer summer, I hope he didn’t throw it away lol

Trez
Trez

Loool you honestly think Mbappe would cost 28m?? Where were you when city had a 36m pound bid rejected at the start of the season?
Saul isn’t going to cost less than 50m. Stop dreaming

Bob
Bob

Oh yeah

Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope
Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope

Nice looking interface Blogs
Don’t know who we will restock with when these two bugger off.
I hope Wenger goes into the market for some unknown diminutive players about 5’2″ tall.

Paul
Paul

A new look on here!

Paul
Paul

A new look on here then or is my computer knackered?

Thehopefulgooner
Thehopefulgooner

Arsenal is going through a rough patch we’re used to seeing but perhaps this season is worse than ever. There is constant talk of contracts (Sanchez, ozil and wenger) and amidst all these talks our results on the pitch disappoint the fans week in week out. Why is it that we are so used to the club “throwing away a potentially successful season”?

It’s time to focus on the club. Sanchez our current God gives his all every week and we do rely on him big time. Only problem is the club does not match his enthusiasm so why should he stay? Ozil has world class ability but we don’t see it nearly enough. why should we hold onto him? There are players like welbeck and Perez who have quality and more importantly have the tenacity and passion we as fans don’t see enough of.

I personally think the club should go through a major transition. Wenger has in recent years provided us with consistent acceptable seasons but has failed to produce more than merely acceptable. It’s hard to argue that if he stays our long run of “acceptable” form will continue. We need a new manager whos enthusiasm will rub off on our players. That is the only way we will improve on our good but not great seasons.

We need to see a different attitude on the pitch. Every time we play a good side we are expecting to be defending the whole game. Why don’t we attack them the way they attack us? In a short period of time we watched weak and unimpressive performances Vs Chelsea Liverpool and obviously Bayern Munich. To me this period proved where the club is. It is not progressing towards trophies. It seems to be accepting we don’t have what it takes to finish a competition on top.

Uncle D
Uncle D

Wenger Out. Had Enough

Futsboller
Futsboller

They’ll sign if the money is right, and we’ll make that offer to them at season’s end so long as there are not problems in the dressing room emanating from either player. Everyone needs to calm down. Both players love London, love Arsenal, love playing football, and perhaps even love the big AW. The uncertainty for us is no fun, but we have no idea what takes place behind closed doors and we shouldn’t let our worst fears take such hold. These are our players; we’ll sign them up, bury this season in an unmarked grave behind the barn, and come out like champions every game next season.

Frog
Frog

Pass me that shit!

B52
B52

“Pass me that shit!”

lol – quality!

james-enfield
james-enfield

Why does the club consistently let this happen? These contracts should have been sorted by the end of January at the latest, instead of creating another swirlwind of speculation in the summer. Get your house in order, prepare in advance for any changes in personnel, and get on with your football.

Also, side note on the picture: “dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!”

Trez
Trez

They’re both leaving. Should’ve given them the 250k they wanted initially. Now we’re about to turn into a top 8 side. Well done Wenger, well done.

Bdagooner
Bdagooner

Don’t think it is all about the money. I imagine, given their ages, the desire for trophies also plays a part as well.

santori
santori

Alexis and Ozil are likely departures.

We should consider selling Walcott who lacks nuance and Jack who is injury prone.

We should try and release Debuchy, Jenko

Plus the excellent Metersecker will probably step down (maybe he still has traction in say Italy or back in Germany)

Ospina is suspect with crosses and defending his box. He worries me for the run in. Prefer to consider Szsceny to push and eventually succeed Cech.

Maybe one of the left fullbacks (Gibbs) need replacing.

Elneny to me is a mediocre player making up strictly numbers. Prefer an upgrade. Not sure if we can sell him so if we find someone to come in, I suppose he can be loaned out. Rather keep Ramsey than Elneny, the Welshman has been insipid but when inspired, he has way more upside.

That’s pretty major surgery with 8 to 9 departures to seriously consider but in truth we need to be bringing in 4 to 5 (3 or 4 whom have to be premium pricing)

Quality over quantity.

Indeed part of the issue I have with the current incarnation of this team is it lacks technical level. We need to be bringing in more creative/technical players (particularly with our potential departure of Ozil and Alexis)

The league has caught up with us in technicality with the redistribution of TV money. You only have to look at Stoke with Shaqiri and Leicester with Mahrez.

We need to trim fat and add a bit of quality.

Frog
Frog

EVen with the new site interface it still took me almost a full minute to scroll through all of this dudes rambling.

DB10**
DB10**

I tell you I never knew you two. Goodbye.

B52
B52

If for whatever reasons (valid or not) they should want to leave, then they should fuck-off. Simple as.

Lula da Gilberto
Lula da Gilberto

I won’t miss Ozil. I’ve said for many weeks I didn’t like his reactions to his team-mates occasionally getting things wrong. I used to be a huge fan despite the criticism but the statement released by his agent against Bayern spoke of a sweltered ego in a player that frankly could add to his game to help the team. If he thinks he is too good for us then go. He’ll play for a better team for sure, but it doesn’t bother me, he and Alexis are not Arsenal and Arsenal will carry on without them. It might be a step back but all the same, Alexis is no Thierry and Ozil is certainly no Dennis.

Not a popular opinion, but if the Ox left I’d be more despondent. We’ve got money, we’ll get money for them. It is the club responsibility to bring is players to replace them even if they’re not like for like. The myth that there are no strikers out there needs debunking after four or five years. Now there clearly are and there are many high quality midfielders we could put down money for. It won’t be the same and it might be a step back but whatever. It is changes at the managerial level and in the infrastructure of the administrative sector of the club that is more pressing in my view.

Vonnie
Vonnie

We don’t know if we’re going to be in the Champions League and we don’t know who the manager will be so they’d be crazy to sign anything until those issues are clarified.
Then they’d need to know if the club is going to add more quality to the squad so that we can actually compete. Mesut needs better players to work with than the likes of Coquelin, Ramsey and Walcott, and neither of them are going to waste the best years of their playing careers at a club that’s stagnating. That’s before they even get to talking money. Unless there’s some positive, unexpected activity going on I can see them leaving in the summer, which is a crying shame, as I’ve been honoured and delighted to watch some of the football that they’ve been playing for us, and Mesut especially is a huge favourite of mine.

Glasgow_Gooner
Glasgow_Gooner

Loving the pictures. Makes the world seem a better place.