Wenger offers bizarre explanation for why Sanchez & Ozil deals are nearly expired
Is it good that their deals are expiring? (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger gave a strange insight into his thinking behind giving new players contracts by insisting that players are hungrier when their current deals are running down.

The Arsenal boss has been criticised in some quarters for allowing Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to be just over six months away from walking away from the Emirates on a free transfer.

Ozil and Sanchez have been selected for the majority of Arsenal’s games this season, while those on longer deals such as Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have found themselves out in the cold and only really featuring in cup competitions.

Wenger offers bizarre explanation for why Sanchez & Ozil deals are nearly expired
Giroud has largely been a bit-part player this seaosn (Picture: Getty)

But Wenger does not want the duo to feel like bit-part players in north London and suggested that Sanchez and Ozil’s situations are good for the club in terms of keeping them both ‘more hungry’.

‘They shouldn’t [feel like bit-part players],’ he said. ‘Because that’s not how I see it. Even inside the camp the other players have a respect for them. But sometimes the outside environment makes them look like that.

‘When the team does well you keep a certain consistency. That doesn’t mean that the players who do not play, you respect them less. You respect people through their attitude and their attitude is fantastic.

Wenger offers bizarre explanation for why Sanchez & Ozil deals are nearly expired
Wenger is keen to keep his players hungry (Picture: Getty)
Wenger offers bizarre explanation for why Sanchez & Ozil deals are nearly expired
Walcott’s future is unclear (Picture: TF-Images via Getty)

‘When you pick a team you do not necessarily look how long a contract is. The shorter the contract is, the more hungry the players are usually. The hunger index drops with the length of the contract.’

Wenger also played down Walcott’s chances of going on loan in January as the 28-year-old looks to keep himself in contention for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup side.

‘I have to consider the interest of the player but dominant of that will be the interests of the club,’ he added.

‘If you can combine the two it is even better but first is what is important for the club.’



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