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Is this why Arsenal won’t offer Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil new contracts?

Gunners may be forced to offload other players in order to tie down the two stars who are yet to commit their futures

ARSENAL risk breaching Premier League wage rules if Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both sign massive new deals.

If the Gunners do manage to tie down the attacking duo they may be forced to offload other players to ensure they meet the short-term cost control regulations.

Alexis Sanchez  and Mesut Ozil are undecided about futures

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Alexis Sanchez  and Mesut Ozil are undecided about futures

Teams in the English top-flight are allowed to increase their wage budget by £7million each year.

And it is believed that Arsenal are offering Sanchez and Ozil £280,000 a week – which would roughly amount to £15m after a year.

This is more than double the amount that they are allowed to increase their wage budget by each year.

But clubs are allowed to exceed this budget if they can make up the excess fee through player sales or external revenue.

And if Sanchez and Ozil do agree to new deals, it is unlikely they will be able to cover excess fees through matchday or commercial revenue.

Manchester City and Bayern Munich are keen on Alexis Sanchez

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Manchester City and Bayern Munich are keen on Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal have been trying to tie down Mesut Ozil for months

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Arsenal have been trying to tie down Mesut Ozil for months

Meaning Arsene Wenger will have to look at selling other stars in his squad.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of Arsenal’s most-wanted players – with Liverpool reportedly leading the chase.

Barcelona are very keen on a move to bring Hector Bellerin back to the Nou Camp and it has been rumoured the Catalan giants will offer Rafinha plus £20m for the right back.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has amerged as a Chelsea target

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is wanted by Liverpool this summer

Hector Bellerin left Barcelona's academy to join Arsenal in 2013

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Hector Bellerin has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona

However Oliver Giroud is another man who could be on his way out of the Emirates after becoming frustrated over his lack of game time last season.

While the likes of Wojciech Szczesny, Calum Chambers, Lucas Perez, Kieran Gibbs, Chuba Akpom and Carl Jenkinson are all fringe players who are wanted.

Arsenal striker Giroud celebrates after winning the FA Cup at Wembley

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud may leave the Emirates this summer

Arsene Wenger would pull off one of biggest coups of his time at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has plenty of fringe players who could be available
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