Thierry Henry feels that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are holding Arsenal hostage over their current wage demands, as the two stars continue negotiations over contract extensions.
Reports have claimed both players are demanding a least £250,000-per-week although further speculation has claimed Sanchez has been offered a deal worth £400,000-per-week from China.
Sanchez has said that his new contract “depends on Arsenal” and Henry feels that while both players are crucial to the club’s hopes of success, the money they are reportedly asking for is excessive.
“At the moment they are holding the club hostage. They are amazing but if they are on that amount of money, I want a hat-trick every week – and also when there’s no game!” he told Sky Sports.
“You need to be in a situation where you’ve won something already for the club to ask for that amount of money.”
Henry also suggested that Arsene Wenger may decide against paying the pair huge wages to remain in north London but says if they don’t the club must have a plan in place to cope without them.
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“Those two players are vital for the future of the club, they have to secure that deal,” he added
“But to what extent? I don’t know if Arsene is going to want to pay those numbers. But if they don’t sign, who are you going to bring after that? What’s the future?”
Henry’s words will strike a chord with many Arsenal fans particularly after the last two games where Ozil, in particular, has not put in the type of performances which would command the huge wages he is believed to want.