Arsenal are second on the premier league table with thirty one points after 14 matches. They have only lost once this season against Liverpool in August.
In the last two to three seasons, Arsenal have tried to improve or match the wage of their top players with what is obtainable in other top premier league teams. In the last three seasons, the gunners’ wage have been increasing with nearly £30 million a season.
Arsenal wages in 2015/16 season was around £191.7 million and with Ozil and Sanchez needing an improved contract that is nearly double of what they earn now, it is only a matter of time before the once gated wage structure is torn apart.
But with clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City willing to pay any amount to get their targets, it will be catastrophic for Arsenal, if they don’t start paying big for their top players and targets.
Presently, Ozil and Sanchez are joint top Arsenal earners with £140 thousand/week. This sum maybe large but truthfully, these players will earn more in any of the top premier league teams mentioned above or elsewhere in the world.
The dilemma Arsenal is facing now, is not whether they worth it or not but the ripple effect it will generate when these players finally gets their wishes.
Below is table of Arsenal 2016/17 Players Wage:
|Petr Cech||34||£100,000||(3 Years) 2019|
|David Ospina||27||£40,000||(3 Years) 2019|
|Shkodran Mustafi||24||£90,000||(5 years) 2021|
|Laurent Koscielny||30||£75,000||(1 Year) 2017|
|Gabriel Paulista||25||£50,000||(3 Years) 2019|
|Calum Chambers||21||£20,000||(4 Years) 2020|
|Per Mertesacker||31||£70,000||(1 Year) 2017|
|Rob Holding||20||£10,000||(4 Years) 2020|
|Nacho Monreal||30||£65,000||(3 Years) 2019|
|Kieran Gibbs||26||£60,000||(2 Years) 2018|
|Héctor Bellerín||21||£50,000||(3 Years) 2019|
|Carl Jenkinson||24||£45,000||(2 Years) 2018|
|Mathieu Debuchy||31||£70,000||(3 Years) 2019|
|Francis Coquelin||25||£45,000||(3 Years) 2019|
|Mohamed Elneny||24||£40,000||(4 Years) 2020|
|Aaron Ramsey||25||£110,000||(2 Years) 2018|
|Granit Xhaka||23||£90,000||(5 Years) 2021|
|Jack Wilshere (Loaned-out)||24||£90,000||(2 Years) 2018|
|Santi Cazorla||31||£90,000||(Last Year) 2017|
|Mesut Özil||27||£140,000||(2 Year) 2018|
|Alex Iwobi||20||£30,000||(4 Years) 2020|
|Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain||23||£65,000||(2 Year) 2018|
|Alexis Sánchez||27||£140,000||(2 Year) 2018|
|Theo Walcott||27||£110,000||(3 Years) 2019|
|Olivier Giroud||29||£100,000||(2 Year) 2018|
|Danny Welbeck||25||£70,000||(3 Years) 2019|
|Lucas Perez||27||£70,000||(4 Years) 2020|
With the above table indices, it shows that Arsenal average player’s wage/week is approximately £68 thousand. If the demands of Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil are met, it will catapult the average wage/week to nearly £74 thousand/week.
These two players are on top form now and the importance of the duo can’t be over emphasised. It will be a statement of intent [from Arsenal] if they are rewarded with their wished wages. They have scored a combined 15 goals nearly half of the 33 goals Arsenal have scored in the premier league so far.
|GOALS PREMIER LEAGUE||ASSISTS P. LEAGUE|
If Arsenal/Wenger can convince the duo that their future lies at the Emirates, it will speak volume about their title ambitions this season and beyond.
The outcome of Ozil and Sanchez contract talks will determine the quest for Arsenal glory.