Revealed: What it will take to get Ozil and Sanchez to sign news Arsenal deals (not loads of money)

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Arsene Wenger insists he’s prepared to break the club’s wage structure to tie Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to new contracts, but admits even the offer of mega money deals might not be enough to convince his two star players to remain at the club.

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Negotiations with Ozil and Sanchez remain ongoing with both men reported to want around £200,000-a-week in order to commit their peak years to the north London club.

Arsenal are renowned for operating with a tighter wage structure than most elite clubs and although Wenger revealed he is willing to loosen the purse strings, ultimately the futures of Sanchez and Ozil will be determined by whether or not Arsenal can demonstrate they are ready to challenge the Premier League heavyweights.

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‘I think these kind of players can raise a little bit above the financial aspect of the game because they are not poor and they have to look really at the football side,’ said Wenger.

‘It is more about whether the club can meet their needs on the football front. If ‘yes’ then a Premier League club can find an agreement with the players. We still keep values we have at the club, of course, and we pay what we can afford.

‘We still have a scale of wages. It has become a bit more individual than when I arrived 20 years ago because every case is a bit special. But don’t worry, they are all paid well.’

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Alexis Sanchez | PL Stats 2016/17

Appearances: 8

Goals: 4

Shooting accuracy: 39%

Assists: 3

Passes per match 40.75

He added: ‘These days, when you sign a contract for four years, you are actually signing for two because of the simple fact that, just to keep the value of the player, you have to extend the contract two years before it is due to end. Sometimes one year.

‘It’s normal players try to get the maximum out of the negotiations because they only have 10 years at the top level if all goes well. If you were a player you would try the same. You try to earn as much as you can.

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Mesut Ozil | PL Stats 2016/17

Appearances: 7

Goals: 3

Shooting accuracy: 36%

Assists: 0

Passes per match 62.57

‘My whole life I fight to get the players paid as much as I can. I want as well to be responsible, to pay them the money we can afford to pay. Ideally you do not want players to go into the final year of their deals.

‘They have to feel you meet their needs at the club and they get paid for it. So that is why we negotiate before.’

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