Arsenal are in chaos as Wenger wobbles over new deal, the futures of Ozil and Sanchez remain unclear

Uncertainty reigns at Arsenal. The future of the club's best players, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, is unclear with both refusing to sign new contracts.

How or why they were allowed to approach the final 12 months of their deals without signing is an argument for another day. As it stands, they will be out of the door this summer.
Similarly, Arsenal's academy lacks direction following the departure of head coach Andries Jonker, who took over as Wolfsburg boss earlier this week.  
And then, of course, there is the future of the manager. Arsene Wenger has considered leaving before. If Arsenal had failed to beat Hull in the 2014 FA Cup final to end a nine-year trophy drought, he would have walked.
Three years on, Wenger is having another wobble, with Arsenal's Champions League status under threat. Defeat by Liverpool on Saturday would see the Gunners drop out of the top four and ramp up the resentment from fans who once worshipped Wenger.
The Frenchman has time to turn it round, of course. A top-four finish and a third FA Cup in four years could convince him to sign the two-year contract that is on the table. But with both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Tottenham still in the FA Cup, lifting that trophy on May 27 will not be easy.
And even another Wembley win may not persuade Wenger to stay for a 22nd year. 
He gave the impression on Thursday he does not know whether he is coming or going. Pressed on his future, he declared a new Arsenal deal was his priority, then suggested in the next breath that he could still walk away.
'I have been here for 20 years and had many opportunities to leave, so I don't think I have to convince you that my preference has always been Arsenal,' said Wenger.
'But I am objective and lucid enough to make the right decision for myself and the club. The club is free to make the decision it wants and I will respect that.'
Wenger's devotion to the job has never been in doubt and he gave an insight into its all-consuming nature on Thursday. 'I'm a specialist in masochism,' he said. 'Football management is the sacrifice of your life. You have nothing else in your life. You get 90 per cent aggravation and 10 per cent satisfaction and you have to give everything for that.
'But it is a fantastic opportunity to go for what is really great in human beings, to get yourself to the next level, to improve, to reinvent yourself, to push your limits and not have an average life.
'That's what I say to all the young people who want to go into this job. "Are you ready to sacrifice your life?" It's like being a priest.'
Arsenal fans will certainly be praying between now and the end of the season. But they will not all be praying for the same thing.
Sources: All Football

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