Not a Chance! Wenger Slams Sanchez's Obscene Wage Demands

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Sanchez has also reached the six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award after scoring 22 goals and laying on 17 assists so far.

Alexis Sanchez' future with Arsenal has been a very hot topic of late in the English media as his contract is set to expire in 2018. understands that Arsenal will have to shatter their current wage structure in order to keep the attacker at the club for the long term.

Despite that, Wenger is not ready to break the wage ceiling that has been put in place at the club.

That may well be a popular and agreeable opinion of many fans and analysts. The club always has to be the priority.

"I can not confirm that we have offered that", he told his pre-Middlesbrough news conference on Friday (watch from 12:50 on the video above).

"Secondly, we will do as always".

"We might get there, we might not get there, but the only thing to get there is to believe we can do it and that's what we have to focus on", Wenger said Friday.

"What is for sure is that what is paid per week today is what 20 years ago was paid per year". Will that continue to go up? I'd say I hope not.

West Ham did exit the FA Cup a few days after the Arsenal match to the Red Devils, after losing a replay 2-1, but their form this campaign is in stark contrast to how the Hammers took the Premier League by storm last season.

Any new contracts may have to be worth at least £250,000-a-week to put the pair on par with the Premier League's top earners - a raise of more than £100,000-per-week for each player.

"It certainly contributes to the imagination of the players", he said of China inflating the figures on offer.

The Arsenal manager said that he accepted that top players could command large salaries but paying them would have an adverse effect... Where are your priorities, where do you want to play?

When the CIES Football Observatory released their study of individual player values on the global transfer market in January, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was rated the tenth most valuable player in the entire world and fifth in all of England.

"The devastating loss at Bayern Munich this season is undoubtedly one of the darkest hours of my footballing career, " Ozil wrote in his book "Gunning for Glory", which is being serialized in the Mail on Sunday.

"That is why you have to make the decision in an objective way. So, for me, China is not a debate".

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