Where now for the Premier League’s £350,000-a week flops?

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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

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