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21st May 2019

It’s not just the money, lads, urges Wenger

    Published: 8 December, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    ARSENE Wenger has urged Arsenal stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to think about more than just the money as contract negotiations with the dynamic duo continue. 

    The pair are both entering the final 18 months of their current deals, with Wenger admitting that he might be “naive” in hoping that cash will not be a major factor. 

    The Frenchman hinted that they will earn a fortune wherever they go, and that he didn’t even expect to see them sitting at the negotiating table. 

    “I would like to say the luxury of the modern game should be that it’s not only about the money, because the players make, wherever they play, good money at this level,” said the Gunners boss. 

    “I believe, personally, maybe I am a bit naive, but it’s more about getting to meet the players’ needs. That it’s about the way the club has values, the way the club has ambition, and the way the club respects the players. 

    “So I think, for me, that is more important nowadays, and an important ingredient for every player to consider. The money is good everywhere for everybody.” 

    And Wenger added that he didn’t expect to see Sanchez or Ozil until any potential deals had all but been agreed. 

    “Nowadays, you negotiate with the agents more than with the player,” he said. “We are in negotiations, yes. The players are 18 months away from the end of their contracts, so it’s normal. 

    “The players always come in at the end, when it’s a renewal. With the first contract you need the players, but after that, when you renew, 90 per cent of the contracts are negotiated with the agents.” 

    With the January transfer window looming, reports linking Olivier Giroud with a move away from the Emirates Stadium have quickly been dismissed. 

    A combination of injuries and Sanchez’s sparkling form as a central striker has restricted the French forward to just two starts this season. 

    Despite those obstacles, however, Giroud won’t be going anywhere next month, according to his agent, Michael Manuello. “Olivier is very well at Arsenal,” he reportedly told footmercato.net. 

    “He will make his season here. Nothing is possible in January. He has no plans to move during the winter transfer window.” 

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