Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor believes the Gunners cannot afford to lose Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, claiming they are too reliant on the duo.
Sanchez and Ozil are arguably Arsenal’s two most influential players at the Emirates, with the Chilean netting 14 Premier League goals and eight assists in 21 games so far this season, while the German playmaker has found the back of the net nine times and created seven in 24 total appearances to date.
However, the 28-year-olds have both yet to agree a new deal to remain at Arsenal, with both their contracts set to expire in under 18 months’ time and not much negotiating taking place. And like many believe, Adebayor has claimed should the Gunners be without the duo then they would have a big problem.
The Togo international was quoted in The Guardian saying:
“Arsenal have a good team but if Sanchez gets injured I don’t know who they’ve got,”
“If you look at Chelsea, when Hazard gets injured they’ve got Willian; if Willian gets injured they can still play Moses further forward.
“Arsenal’s problem is that today they are just Ozil and Sanchez. If one of them gets injured, it is a problem.”
Sanchez is reportedly being pursued by a number of top European clubs including Inter Milan, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as offers from China on the table, while Ozil has been linked with a shock move to Manchester United and, reportedly, keen on a return to former club Real Madrid. Wenger is however confident both will sign new deals.
Adebayor isn’t wrong. Should either or both be unavailable for a long period then Arsenal would suffer. Hopefully both contract sagas can come to an end sooner rather than later.