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Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has dropped a huge hint that the club will not break it’s wage structure to keep any of its players.
The Gunners are known for operating a strict wage budget but are now faced with the challenge of breaking it to keep its best players.
Media houses have claimed Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are demanding huge wages before they will sign new contracts at the club. It’s been claimed by the papers that the duo want the club to pay them more than £200,000 weekly and Arsenal are reluctant to pay that much.
This has reportedly caused negotiations to be placed on hold for now but Keswick has dropped a big hint that Arsenal won’t change its stand when talks resume in the future.
Speaking after Arsenal released its recent financial statement, Keswick said the club would ” continue to invest rationally in our squad retention”:
“We have continued to invest in the region of key players, he is quoted as saying by The Daily Cannon.
“Francis Coquelin, Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud have all signed new contracts, while we have taken up options to extend the contracts of Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla.
“Further work is required in the area of contract renewals and we will continue to invest rationally in our squad retention.
“As expected, increased Premier League broadcasting revenues have had a direct impact on player costs both in terms of transfer prices and player wage demands.
“While these are market forces that have contributed directly over time to the success of the Premier League, I would sound a note of caution in light of the very material contractual commitments to future wages that clubs are taking on.”
Keswick’s statement has sent a big message to Ozil and Sanchez who are still stalling on signing new deals. The players say they are waiting for Wenger’s future to be resolved before committing theirs but the papers claim it’s the finance. Should the papers be correct, it means we face a tough task to convince the duo to extend their contract on our terms.