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Former Newcastle striker and Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes Arsenal should have sold Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the summer transfer window.
The duo are into the final year of the contract and there’s been constant speculation about their futures.
It appears the contractual situation is now affecting their performance on the pitch. Ozil
Shearer ripped into the duo after Arsenal’s loss against Watford. Ozil missed a crucial chance to put Arsenal ahead in the game while Sanchez wasn’t at his usual best and Shearer believes their presence in the squad has done more harm than good.
“Though I don’t think for a minute Ozil’s miss had anything to do with his contract being up, it doesn’t help the overall attitude and feeling in the squad knowing that in a couple of months those two key players can start negotiating to play for another club with their contracts up in the summer,” Shearer told The Sun .
“Two players worth a combined £100million in today’s market are heading out the door for free in two of the longest and potentially most ignominious goodbyes in the club’s history.
“That is unless one of the big clubs is so desperate for an injection of talent that they will pay good money for one of them in January.
“That in a nutshell is the problem at Arsenal.
“By giving Arsene [Wenger] a new contract in the summer it was made clear to the players and the fans that failure to win the title over the last 13 years doesn’t matter.
“Arsenal should have sold them at the start of the summer transfer window, or even six months before that and got in some young hungry players who do want to be there.”
Shearer does have a point, the duo’s contractual situation in one way or the other would have affected their performances. they might not be psychologically prepared for games, making it difficult for them to play at their best level.
Personally, I think it will be best for all parties to resolve this issue as soon as possible.