This season promises to be vitally important for Arsenal Football Club.
It seems almost certain that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will leave next summer and, should the Gunners fail to finish in the top four for the second year running, the north London club will slip even further from the Premier League’s elite.
The elation that arrived following the dramatic 4-3 win over Leicester City on the opening day of the season was punctured by Saturday’s defeat to Stoke City, bringing the #WengerOut guys back into the spotlight.
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It doesn’t get much easier for the Arsenal boss. He takes his side to Anfield on Sunday for an important match against Liverpool.
It’s not a must-win encounter but Wenger can expect to feel the wrath of the club’s fans if the Gunners lose for the second consecutive week.
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The Frenchman is in a very difficult position. Already under pressure, he’s been unable to match the spending of Manchester United and Manchester City in the transfer window and faces watching his two best players leave for free in 2018.
The Ox has spoken to Wenger
But it’s not just Sanchez and Ozil who are likely to depart. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is, too.
The 24-year-old is also out of contract next summer and according to the Mirror, has informed Wenger in face-to-face talks that he has no intention of signing a new deal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s decision isn’t one based on money, more a desire to play for a club where the ambition is more discernible.
The former Southampton player has already turned down two offers from Arsenal, the latest of which exceeded £125,000-per-week.
Still, the Gunners are expected to hold further talks with Oxlade-Chamberlain this week in another attempt to convince him to sign a contract extension.
Arsenal fans react
Chelsea are among the club’s interested in the England winger, although Wenger has no desire to sell this summer.
His stance is admirable but Arsenal will be allowing more than £100m worth of talent to leave for free if they allow Sanchez, Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain to walk next year.
The fact that the Frenchman has so far been unable to convince any of them to sign a new deal, even with an option to leave in 2018, could come back to haunt him.
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