The main story at Arsenal this summer surrounds the future of Alexis Sanchez, who has just one year left on his contract and is drawing admiring glances from Europe’s elite. The churning of the rumour mill is reaching a deafening crescendo and Arsenal fans are in for a nerve shredding few weeks. Arsene Wenger has vowed not to sell his star man, but the Arsenal faithful have heard that tune before and it ended with Wenger cashing in on the likes of Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri rather than risk losing them on a free transfer the following summer. Supporters would be devastated as Sanchez has been their best player in recent years and everyone is following the story with bated breath.
It is safe to say that the Juventus star Juan Cuadrado had a rather disappointing six months at Chelsea, struggling to compete against the likes of Willian and Hazard. But if reports from the media are to believed, the Colombian winger might just get a second crack at the Premier League with the Blues’ London rivals, Arsenal.
According to a report from the Sun, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen on bringing the pacey wide man to the Emirates. The report from the Sun further states that the Frenchman has already seen a £17.6 million bid rejected for the player, with Juventus holding out for a transfer fee in the region of £30 million.
After reports from various sources in the media, including the reliable Sky Sports, emerged yesterday claiming that Bayern Munich had dropped out of the race to sign the Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, a report from the Daily Mail is now claiming that Arsenal have tabled a lucrative £270,000-a-week offer for Alexis to renew terms and stay at the Emirates.
Despite being short of the player’s demands which is understood to be around £300,000-a-week, the report from the Mail claims that the offer is loaded with incentives that take the package closer towards the range of £300k. The news comes on the heels of Wenger claiming that the Gunners are in a much stronger position to keep its best players compared to the time when Robin van Persie was sold to Manchester United.
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.
According to numerous reports in the English media, Arsenal have reached an agreement with the Schalke 04 left-back Sead Kolasinac to move to the Emirates for next season. While the North London side are yet to officially confirm the signing, it is more or less an open secret with various sources like the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Metro and the reliable Sky Sports all reporting that the deal has been done.
It may seem boring to some fans out there that i keep on hammering on about Arsenal’s midfield problems but what am i expected to do when our coach refuses to address a problem that has cost us points and games for some seasons now?
The days of Arsenal’s dominance in the Premier League was made possible because we had a good midfield that was the live wire of the team. Apart from Thierry Henry who was a midfielder turned striker, most of the stars of the team were midfielders! We had Bergkamp, Viera, Pires, Lungberg and Silva. These were players who controlled and won games for us! The midfield of a team has to be strong and sound, if a team wishes to win games and trophies. A list of successful teams both past and present, will open ones eyes to the importance of a strong midfield.
If there is one thing the world of football will be grateful to Wenger for, it is his rare talent of being able to discover raw talents and groom them to stardom! Many footballers today, who shone in the jerseys of Arsenal, started playing for Arsenal at a young age. Fabregas, Bellerin and some others, are just a few who will be grateful to Wenger all their lives!
However, for some reasons now, Wenger seems to have lost his magical act of discovering and nurturing young talents to stardom. Some will say but he discovered the likes of Walcott, Chamberlain and Iwobi! Yes, I agree but who amongst these players can we classify as world class today?
Leicester football club did something that surprised the world last season! Against all odds, they won the English premier league; a league that had Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Man City, was won by a club that battled to remain in the league, the previous season. What a fairy tale it was. The world was truly shocked!
I have been thinking about Arsene Wenger’s predicament at Arsenal and the thought that came to my mind was, “If Wenger had a family, would he consider their opinions in taking a final decision about coaching Arsenal for next season?”
Ladies and gentlemen of good repute, we surely know the impact our families play in our day to day decision makings. We know how it is important to consider them and their opinions in whatever we do. For the married men amongst us, we all know how influential our wives can be; they are very important in our lives and at times we are lost in decision, we go to them for a little prep talk! So, I ask this important question, does Wenger have a wife to run to? Who does he consult with in his decisions makings?
The contract negotiations between Arsenal and their star players was put on hold for a while due to non agreement on the terms offered but just last week, rumours had it that Arsenal had resumed negotiations with Ozil, with the intention to offer him the increase in wages he is demanding for! Nothing was mentioned about Sanchez.