Ian Wright rips into Arsenal board for ‘disgusting’ failure over Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil

Ian Wright rips into Arsenal board for ‘disgusting’ £180m failure
Both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have months remaining on their contracts (Getty)

Ian Wright says Arsenal should have sold Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the summer when it became apparent they weren’t signing new contracts.

The Arsenal legend has accused those in charge at the Emirates of making a dreadful decision that has cost the club £180million.

Both players, considered the standout stars at Arsenal, will be able to leave the club for free at the end of the current campaign. But had they been sold with time still on their contracts they could have generated huge revenues for the club, says Wright.

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‘It is terrible business for Arsenal, for a club that is accused of being a business to allow two players like that to run their contracts down,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘Sanchez on top form is easily a £100m player. Ozil on top form is worth £70m to £80m. Arsenal are letting that go. It is disgusting business on the management side for Arsenal.’

Ian Wright rips into Arsenal board for ‘disgusting’ £180m failure
Ozil and Sanchez are Arsenal’s two biggest talents (Getty)

It’s possible one or both will be sold during the January transfer window – Arsenal’s last opportunity to make some money on the duo. However Arsene Wenger said recently that he is ‘90%’ certain his squad will stay intact until the end of the season and has expressed hope that Ozil could yet agree a new deal.

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Wright believes Arsenal should cut Sanchez loose, but says the fee Arsenal can now demand is laughable.

‘How are you going to sell players like that in January for £25m? It is like people are laughing at you. Manchester City could find £25m in the car seat or something. And you’re going to get Sanchez for that kind of money? For it to get to this point where they can be offered that kind of money…and why would you offer £60m when they are free in a few months?

‘With the way that Sanchez is playing and having seen him be substituted in recent times, something that never used to happen, I would probably take the hit on him now because it looks like the towel has gone in and his heart isn’t in it now.’

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