Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has boldly predicted that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are bound for an Arsenal departure next summer.
The two attacking stars have been pivotal to the Gunners form so far this season after producing 22 goals between them in all competitions.
With Ozil and Sanchez yet to renew their contracts, there have been all sorts of speculation linking them with a move for higher wages elsewhere.
And according to Fowler, the same contractual dispute which saw Robin van Persie leave with one year left on his Arsenal deal in 2012 could repeat next summer.
“Their two biggest stars have less than 18 months left on their deals and both will want to smash the wage structure at the Emirates. With Arsenal’s current policies, both players will be leaving by the summer.” the ex-Liverpool star was quoted as saying.
“Inevitably, over the past decade, that has meant stars will leave – and it has also created situations that have prevented Wenger’s teams from challenging for the title.”
“If contract negotiations drag out with them, they will not win the title again this season either. So, the board must decide what they want to be – a team which wins honours, or one which has an admirable, but, ultimately, limiting wages policy.”