In most cases, football managers would be desperate to keep hold of their best players, but Martin Keown thinks in Arsene Wenger’s case that he should wave goodbye to Arsenal pair Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Barely a day has gone by when the two players’ futures have not been mentioned in the press due to their failure to sign new contracts.
Negotiations began at the start of the season, but it became clear that the pair were not happy with what the Gunners were offering, yet it is uncertain whether they will leave this summer.
Sanchez and Ozil have one year remaining on their current deals, and there has been conflicting reports over the pair’s situation, with The Mirror claiming that they both want to squeeze £350,000-a-week contracts out of the club.
In contrast, The Times recently reported that Sanchez has already decided to leave the club and is keen to force through a move to Bayern Munich.
Keown, who spent 13 years at Arsenal across two spells in his playing career, is getting fed up with the situation and believes that Wenger should sell.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live:
“If they have to say cheerio to those two players, then that is the right decision. They have been overindulged at times this season and they let Arsenal down in the period when they lost twice to Bayern Munich, conceding 10 goals. That is the level of the problem.
“The manager needs to make some really tough decisions now. Sanchez’s contract needs to get 100% secured. Is that going to happen? Will Ozil leave? I am sure both players want to go elsewhere because they want to win the Champions League, win the Premier League and maybe they do not feel it can be done at Arsenal. The club is bigger than two individuals.”