£17m Banega talks, Wenger regrets Ozil contract, Legend message over Kante in Arsenal Tuesday news and gossip
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Fresh reports have claimed Arsenal are set to re-open talks to sign Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega, as a possible replacement for Mesut Ozil.
Ozil, who signed a massive £350,000-a-week deal last February, is heavily tipped to pack his bags at the end of the season and leave the Emirates after falling well down the pecking order under Spanish boss Unai Emery.
Emery has a new way of playing at the Emirates and the German, who has been criticised for his work-rate over the season, does not suit the style that Emery wants to employ and speculation has turned to whom he could potentially sign as a replacement.
And according to The Mirror, Arsenal are still exploring the possibility of signing the Argentina international this summer and will look to re-open talks about a possible £15 million deal once the summer transfer window opens.
Emery was keen to try and wrap up a transfer deal for Banega during the January transfer window, and even opened up talks with Sevilla about a possible deal, But both clubs could not come to an agreement as the Spaniards did not want to lose on of the clubs biggest players half way through the season.
The pair won the Europa League together twice at Sevilla before Emery left the club for Paris-Saint Germain.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the decision to offer Mesut Ozil a new contract may have put him the ‘comfort zone’ at the Emirates.
Ozil was running down his contract at the Emirates knowing the club had no choice but to bow down and offer him the kind of contract that he wanted, especially after seeing Alexis Sanchez depart the club for Manchester United just a few weeks earlier.
However, since his contract signing, there has been many in the media which has criticised his performances and work effort, which has seen current boss Unai Emery drop the German from the side more than he has played this season.
And Wenger has admitted that offering Ozil the big contract may have been a mistake, telling the Sky Sports website: “I feel that the length of the contract has nothing to do normally with the selection of the team. But sometimes there are special cases.
“Most of the time now we think when we sign a player for five years we have a good player for five years. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they practice, they play their best. Because they might be in their comfort zone.
“He has a contract but the problem is that if you want to buy a player like him you have to spend £100m.
“And to maintain the value of the player, beyond the Ozil case, it is more about the way football is structured.
“To buy players of top, top quality you need £100m. So the decision you have to make is whether you re-sign the player, who costs us nothing, or do we have the money to buy a new player?”
Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has told Maurizio Sarri how to get the best out of midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Despite being rated the best holding midfielder in world football and successfully helping Chelsea to two Premier League titles and France to a world Cup crown, Sarri has decided that Kante is no longer the man he wants in a deep lying position and instead has used Jorginho.
Jorginho arrived in the summer after months of speculation and Sarri believes he is the bets man to protect the back-line, despite the fact he has had a very tough first season in the Premier League.
And after seeing Chelsea get knocked out by Manchester United in the FA Cup, Wenger has told Sarri that Kante is being played in the wrong position.
Wenger said on the Metro website: ‘Phenomenal. To have a successful team you need to have somebody, or some players, who sacrifice themselves for the team. Don’t talk, do it.
‘When you lose the ball in front of you, he just works for you to win it back and he gives it back in the proper way.
‘People who have maybe a smaller ego, but a bigger spirit of sacrifice, usually they make the difference.
‘We spoke about Brazil, in Brazil they had a player that I bought, Gilberto Silva, who had a similar role in 2002 in the success of the Brazilian national team in Japan.’