D-Day For Wenger & Preseason Schedule

D-Day For Wenger & Preseason Schedule

Arsenal’s highest paid players
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are due to become the highest paid players in the club’s history.
Manager Arsene Wenger is due to speak to the board to discuss contracts on all key players especially Ozil and Sanchez, with the club potentially ready to go to around £280,000 per week for both players.
Wenger feels he would be capable of winning the league with the current group of players and a further couple of additions.
Board meeting
That same meeting with the board will also decide manager Arsene Wenger’s fate and a two-year contract should be signed by the Frenchman to increase his stay at the club.
Wenger will certainly be looking for support from the board after feeling isolated after criticism this season.
It seems he will also stand firm on no Director of Football or any major changes to his backroom staff.
Along with playing staff changes, a number of fringe players will be leaving and possibly two or three players coming in, it looks like a busy summer for the Gunners.
Gazidis set to stay
One man not leaving the club it seems is Ivan Gazidis, who owner Stan Kroenke wants to keep at the club.
Gazidis and Wenger have both failed to see eye to eye of late, but Kroenke feels Gazidis is playing an important role at the club.
Preseason fixtures
With the season over we are already looking ahead to preseason. Arsenal have the following games set up, with trip to Australia to play Sydney FC and Western Sydney Warriors then over to China to play Bayern Munich and Chelsea, before returning to London for the Emirates Cup with games against Benfica and Sevilla.
Arsenal kick off against Sydney FC on July 13.
Arsenal will then take on Chelsea in the Community Shield which should take place on August 6.
Teams look to raid Arsenal
According to reports, European elite clubs are ready to swoop and raid Arsenal due to their failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Barcelona are monitoring Hector Bellerin, Atletico Bilbao are interested in Nacho Monreal and finally, Marseille are targeting Laurent Koscielny.
Another player whose move away from the club edges closer is goalkeeper David Ospina. The Colombian looks set to be leaving for Turkish side Fenerbahce.
Good cop, bad cop
That was the routine that FA Cup centre backs Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding used against Diego Costa. Mertesacker claimed Holding would give Costa a hard time while Mertesacker would keep patting the striker on his back.
The German added that they would follow every run that Costa did to ensure he was not allowed any space or time.

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