Where now for the Premier League’s £350,000-a week flops?
What now of the colossally remunerated stars who can’t gain a place in their club’s team? At some £350,000 a week, Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal cannot command a regular place in their respective teams.
Ozil indeed seems in something of a state of crisis at international level too, having resigned from the German team, alleging bias, the supposed consequence of his Turkish origins. As for Sanchez, such a force at Arsenal, there seems no apparent reason why he has shown such disappointing form at United, though there have been suggestions of disappointments in his private life.
Arsenal’s devastating 5-1 win at Fulham was achieved without Ozil. Aaron Ramsey, star of the show at Craven Cottage, must be feeling deeply disappointed at the Gunners’ refusal to increase his weekly salary – which would still be far inferior to the inexplicable sum assigned to the inconsistent Ozil.
As for Sanchez, his agent has already been contacting major European clubs. But whether they would be prepared to pay the kind of huge transfer fee which he cost from Arsenal, never mind the wage he is now still getting at United, is by no means certain.
Besides, is there any guarantee that what might loosely be described as his “romantic problems” would be alleviated by a change of venue?
Crisis...Mesut Ozil has had his problems of late
Poor...Alexis Sanchez has struggled at Manchester United