Arsenal legend Martin Keown has said Arsenal would be right to sell star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

  • Ozil and Alexis have just 12 months remaining on their contracts
  • Keown claims the pair have been “overindulged” and have let Arsenal down this season
  • Says no individual is bigger than the club

The futures of Ozil and Sanchez remain hot topics despite Arsene Wenger signing a new deal. The pair continued to be linked with moves away from the club.

Most Arsenal fans would say Arsenal should be doing their utmost to keep them at the club. However, Martin Keown believes that the club would be totally right to sell.

Speaking with BBC Radio 5 Live, Keown said: “If they have to say cheerio to those two players, then that is the right decision. They have been overindulged at times this season and they let Arsenal down in the period when they lost twice to Bayern Munich, conceding 10 goals. That is the level of the problem.”

This is an interesting view. The idea that either player has let Arsenal down is a strange one, given the strong individual seasons they both had. While both players underperformed in that Bayern Munich tie, so did every other player.

Alexis, especially, played a huge role in any success Arsenal had this season. Keown will have a difficult time convincing people that a player who scored 30 goals last season, including goals in the semi-final and final of the FA Cup, has let Arsenal down at any point.

Keown added: “The manager needs to make some really tough decisions now. Sanchez’s contract needs to get 100% secured. Is that going to happen? Will Ozil leave?”

“I am sure both players want to go elsewhere because they want to win the Champions League, win the Premier League and maybe they do not feel it can be done at Arsenal. The club is bigger than two individuals.”

The truth is, Arsenal are being held to ransom. Players of Ozil’s and Alexis’ quality are not easily found in a market that has become smaller for Arsenal due to their failure to secure Champions League football so there’s no easy solution for manager Arsene Wenger.