With all the focus on today’s board meeting centering around the future of Arsene Wenger, the men around that table also have other matters to sort out.
While there are decisions to be made over a clutch of players, from a contractual and footballing point of view, what happens with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez has to be top of the list.
Both the Mirror and Telegraph say that the club are ready to sanction massive wage increases for both players to convince them to extend their current deals.
As it stands they’re heading into the final 12 months of their contracts, and we all know what that means. The players have a strong hand when it comes to negotiations, and the club won’t want to lose valuable assets for free in a year’s time.
The Mirror say a 2 year extension is on offer to Sanchez, in a package worth more than £250,000 per week, while Ozil has been offered a similarly high wage to pledge his future to the Gunners.
The Chilean, top scorer this season with 30 goals, has sparked interest from Bayern Munich and PSG abroad, as well as Man City and Chelsea at home. Arsenal know they cannot sell him to a Premier League rival.
There hasn’t been the same interest in the German, but it would be a real show of force from the club if they could hold onto the two star players – before adding more of similar quality.
Let’s see what happens at the board meeting today and what emerges from it.