Arsene Wenger has discussed the current situation with regards Alexis Sanchez’s new contract after the Chile international scored a hat-trick against West Ham on Saturday.
The striker currently leads the Premier League scoring charts, alongside Diego Costa, with 11 goals after a phenomenal performance at the London Stadium.
His display led to reports that Pep Guardiola had made contact to discuss a move to Manchester City, claims that were subsequently denied by the Spaniard on Monday.
However, with Sanchez still to agree a new deal at the Emirates, speculation over his future persists and Wenger has given his take on the current situation.
“Well, I would like to say the luxury of the modern game should be that it’s not only about the money, because the players make anyway wherever they play good money at this level,” he told the official Arsenal website.
“I believe, personally… maybe I am a bit naïve, but it’s more about getting to meet the players’ needs.
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“That’s about the way the club has values, the way the club has ambition, the way the club respects the players. So I think, for me, that is more important nowadays and an important ingredient for every player to consider. The money is good everywhere for everybody.”
Wenger has confirmed the club remain in discussions with both Sanchez and Mesut Ozil over new deals, with reports having claimed the duo want £250,000-per-week to remain at the club.
“Nowadays, you negotiate with the agents more than with the player. We are in negotiations, yes,” he added.
“The players are 18 months away from the end of their contracts, so it’s normal. But the players always come in at the end, when it’s a renewal.
“With the first contract you need the players, but after that, when you renew, 90% of the contracts are negotiated with the agents.”
While Arsenal fans are undoubtedly frustrated at the lack of progress on new deals for both players, Wenger seems fairly relaxed describing the situation as “normal” and we can only hope, it will be resolved soon.