Wenger says Arsenal faces 'massive' challenge to reach top 4

Lynne Hanson
April 17, 2017

Left-back would have been a priority position to strengthen given the struggles of Nacho Monreal at times this season, and Kolasinac is a very different player to the Spaniard.

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.

Manager Arsene Wenger can not confirm whether Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has been offered £300,000-per-week but, did add the club is the priority and the squad must not be destabilised by money, even for important players.

"Some people tell me "Just give him what he wants" but then you can not respect any wage structure any more and you put the club in trouble as well".

"As players, you can't pick your coach".

There has admittedly been an acceptance of his behaviour because it's part of his personality, but it all points to the player being frustrated with his team-mates who aren't competing in the way their talismanic forward wants them to. The club always has to be the priority. Arsenal has qualified for the Champions League consistently for 17 consecutive seasons.

But clearly Wenger accepts that he can not expect to offer Sanchez, or for that matter Mesut Ozil, just a small increase on their current salaries and expect to keep them.

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Arsenal have conceded 39 goals this season, which is already more than they conceded in three of their last four seasons. There's still lots for us to play for. "That's the question you have to answer", said Wenger after the exits of both players were confirmed.

Arsene Wenger has said it was unacceptable for his Arsenal players to publicly admit that Crystal Palace "wanted it more" following Monday's defeat at Selhurst Park.

Wenger's future remains unclear amid increasingly loud voices of discontent from Gunners fans and poor results on the pitch.

"So after that it is not any more today where we have to make a choice, I go to China because you earn big money".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he was unsure whether there were divisions in the club's boardroom regarding his future and that he was more focused on salvaging his team's stuttering Premier League campaign.

"His goalscoring record is good, his assists are good and I believe that the combination of goalscoring and assists always shows the quality of a player".

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