According to the Metro, Arsene Wenger has stated that not necessarily will players leaving Arsenal improve in their game. According to several tabloids, it was a thinly veiled reference to contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Wenger made these remarks when talking about Keiran Gibbs who moved to West Brom this earlier summer following lack of first-team chances at The Emirates. German
The Emirates. German playmaker Mesut Ozil and Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez are expected to move away from the Gunners following the expiry of their contracts at the end of the current season.
Gibbs had said ahead of West Brom’s meeting against the Gunners that he would improve at the Baggies. Wenger strongly disagreed with the statement. He said –
You look at the players who performed here and left, and you come back to me after,
You hope it goes well for them. I focus on my squad,
Gibbs came through the Arsenal academy and his statement about being better at the Baggies seems to have irked Wenger. Further trying to take a dig at him, Wenger said –
You should ask him what he means about being a better defender at West Brom. He will certainly have to defend more because we are a team that goes forward and they are a team who focus more on defending.
Justifying Gibbs’ sale, Wenger added –
He was a regular player many times but he had some fitness worries so we didn’t offer him a new deal and that’s why he decided to go.
Sanchez and Ozil are not the only contract rebels who have not signed on the dotted line, with Welbeck and Ramsey following their footsteps.
Their latter duo’s contracts expire in two seasons and the Gunners’ establishment is trying to sign a new deal but haven’t been successful so far. Arsenal players aren’t exactly happy about Wenger’s contract handlings but it doesn’t look like the French gaffer is going to make any changes in his approach.