In these days of hugely inflated transfer fees and salaries to match, should football clubs ever say enough? After all, if the TV money is coming why can’t clubs spend it on what the want to?
As you might have guessed, I’m very much in the camp that believe footballers generally deserve the money they get. A footballer’s career is short and many face debilitating injuries which they have to live for the rest of their lives. When you see someone limping in the press room of a football club, you can bet your life it’s an ex-player trying to make a meagre living after he’s hung up his boots.
All this preamble is about the Sanchez and Ozil situation at Arsenal. We hear that the Chilean has a £300,000 a week deal on the table, while the German has been offered around £50,000 a week less. My question is: are they worth it?
The statisticians would say ‘yes’. Sanchez’s goals and assists make it a no-brainer for Arsenal to re-sign him whatever the price. He’s unplayable for opposition defences. You could all him ‘Chilean con carnage’. Not only that, but his never-say-die attitude is first class too. We hear he is difficult to manage, but if I were Wenger I’d make him captain and pay him what he wants.
However, when it comes to Ozil, I wouldn’t be prepared to pay him anything. I’m not even sure about the deal on the table. Once again, statisticians would point to the number of assists that the German has racked up. However, I would note Ozil’s perceived lack of effort, or languid style (if we want to be more complimentary about it).
Quite honestly, Arsenal cannot afford passengers in their team if they want to win the title. Unless Ozil changes his ways and fights to the end of every match, I don’t see how he fits into a league championship winning side. In short, Ozil is too lazy. If that can’t be addressed, I’d sell him. I’d want assurances that Ozil could step up his on-the-pitch efforts and maybe alter his lifestyle or diet, if this is having an negative impact on his fitness. After all, it’s not all about skill and technique. If it were, we’d be signing Pele!
My conclusion is sell the passenger and keep the Chilean con carnage.