There’s no better time for Arsenal to secure the future of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Both players have been in terrific form, lately. Their performance in the Champions League further showed how big an asset they are to the club.
The German had an amazing night with a hat-trick. The Chilean opened the floodgate of goals with a delicious chip.
The fans will hope they stay much longer
And most of the club’s supporters are eager to see the duo extend their contracts with the North Londoners as their current deals are due to elapse in 2018.
But judging from Arsenal’s antecedent as it relates to contract extension with players, supporters of the side have every reason to be worried.
Arsenal have let go of key players in the past
The club could not secure deals with Ashley Cole, Samir Nasir, and Robin van Persie as those players had to move on rather than agree new terms.
Arsenal are known to be hesitant in paying big bucks to their top players over the years, but former goalkeeper David Seaman believes Ozil and Sanchez deserve big pay.
Asked if they would need to break their wage structure to keep the pair, former England goalkeeper Seaman replied: “They will have to
“These two are quality players so you give them what they deserve. If that’s the top wages at Arsenal then so be it.
“If everyone’s getting little rises here and there then it’s okay. I’m not a manager but you’ve got to juggle that.
“I remember when I was playing, I was near the top, and it’s a juggling thing. You’ve got to make sure that the players that influence the team the most are the players that get paid the most.”
Seaman is hopeful
It is 13 seasons since the Gunners last lifted the Premier League title, though Seaman is hopeful that their purchases in the summer transfer market can end the run.
“They’ve made good signings,” he added.
“I know a lot of people were like, ‘Oh, they made them late’ but it doesn’t matter. You are buying players to fit into your team and that’s what has happened – you look at (Granit) Xhaka, (Shkodran) Mustafi, they’ve fitted in really well.
“There’s a couple of others that are taking their time but it’s their first season in the Premier League and it’s not easy to adapt.
“If you look at the way they’re playing, they’re doing well. But they’ve done well in this part of the season before, it’s when you get to the last quarter of the season when it coincides with the Champions League knock-out stages.
“When we’ve got knocked out (in the past) we seemed to have a little dip in our league form. We need to get rid of that, make sure we’re ready for that if it happens and then we kick on from there. We’ve got a good chance this season.”