After a report from the Evening Standard claimed that Arsenal had tabled a mammoth £300,000 a week offer to try and persuade star man Alexis Sanchez to stay at the Emirates, the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has spoken out about the situation and given his opinion not just on the contract saga revolving around the Chilean but also about the practice of big-name players being paid astronomical wages.
As quoted by Sky Sports, the Arsenal boss said: “You have many different opinions there. Some people tell me ‘just give him what he wants’, but then you cannot respect anymore any wages structure and you put the club in trouble as well.
“That is why you have to make the decision in an objective way. Always the club has to be the priority. I understand as well that top players is a big priority but, at the end of the day, even for important players you can only pay as much as you can afford.
“I cannot confirm that we have offered that. We will do as always. We have to consider our financial potential to sustain the wages for the whole squad.”
Surely, it’s no surprise to any Arsenal fan that Wenger refused to confirm that the offer has been made. But what is interesting here is that the Frenchman refused to confirm that such an offer has NOT been put on the table either. While that may not exactly suggest that a £300,000 a week offer has indeed been made, the fact that Wenger didn’t just rubbish the rumor is strange to say the least.
While he did express his discontent about big-name players being paid astronomical wages by well-to-do clubs, the fact that he refused to rubbish the report tends to get one thinking. It is no secret that Alexis is the best player Arsenal have at the moment and surely, the club will try it’s utmost to keep it’s prized asset in North London.
But does that mean tabling a £300,000 a week offer? Considering that it’s Arsenal we are talking about here, it is difficult to believe. But if the board is serious about moving forward, then Alexis has to be retained by any means necessary. While it is certainly advisable that Arsenal fans shouldn’t think too much into Wenger refusing to quash the reports, it will be interesting to see if the club are able to keep him. If we cannot, it’s proof that the club hasn’t really moved forward since losing Robin van Persie in 2012.