Arsenal have offered contract rebel Alexis Sanchez a new deal worth £300,000 per week, according to the Evening Standard. The report claims the club will break its wage structure to ensure the Chilean signs on the dotted line. Sanchez is currently earning £130,000 per week and would see his wages more than double. We will wait and see if this is what Sanchez wants or if the player clearly wants out of the club.
The cynic amongst us feels this is a well-timed press release in time for the season ticket renews.
On a lighter note, Alexis Sanchez has been nominated for the PFA Player of the year award. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on April 23rd.
Mesut Ozil has said it would be wrong to look at his contract now while the club are desperate to finish in the top four. Ozil said he would talk in the summer but, right now was not about him, but about the team trying to find some form and finish in the Champions League positions.
Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny should both be fit to face Middlesbrough on Monday night. The pair have been absent through injury in the last couple of weeks but their return will be a welcomed boost to the team.
The Sun are reporting that Arsenal have been in touch with Juventus boss Max Allegri, with a view to him taking over from current, under fire manager Arsene Wenger, in the summer. Allegri masterminded Juventus 3-0 win over Barcelona this week in the Champions League.
Another Ox admirer
This time Manchester United are interested in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as well as Liverpool. With the £35m price tag slapped on his head, this has not put off any potential suitors.
Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon has decided to sign a new contract at Championship side Fulham and disappoint Arsenal, who had been hoping to bring the 16-year-old left back to the club. Sessegnon has been in excellent form for Fulham but has decided first team football is more important than a large salary.
Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto has given Arsenal a boost in their pursuit of him, after he admitted he would like to play in the Premier League. The 21-year-old has played well in Serie A so far this season and scored on his Czech Republic debut.