Football fans in general are fickle but the Arsenal fanbase is one of the most volatile around. Arsene Wenger goes from genius, to a deluded old fool holding the club back, in the space of a week.

Is he taken for granted though? Former Arsenal scout Damien Comolli believes he could be key to keeping stars at the club.

The Frenchman was a guest on episode four of Football Whispers TV and the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez was one of the subjects discussed.

The two players aren't short of potential suitors. Sanchez has been linked with moves to China, Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain whereas Ozil is reportedly a target for his former side Real Madrid.

The pair have just the 18 months remaining on their current deals and are reportedly stalling on signing new deals. Some reports suggest the pair won't sign anything with Arsenal until the uncertainty surrounding Wenger's future has been resolved. The manager's contract is up in the summer.


Comolli has sympathy with the dynamic duo. “They (the players) like him and he (Wenger) likes them. I can understand the fact they say ‘you want us to commit for the next five years but will he (Wenger) be here for the next five years? Mr Gazidis, you are the CEO of the club, if the Gaffer is not here who will be here?' And nobody has the answer to that question.”


It must feel like deja vu for Arsenal fans who have become accustomed to losing their star players. They have frustratingly seen Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie all move on from the club and have success elsewhere.

Will history repeat itself?

Even though Comolli can understand their frustration, the former director of football at Liverpool believes they should sign new deals at the Emirates regardless of Wenger's future unless one of Europe's top clubs come in for them.

“They are Arsenal football club. They are one of the top ten football clubs in the world, in the best city in the world playing every other week in one of the best stadiums in the world,

“If i was them, unless I’ve got Real Madrid, Barcelona or another one of the big boys in England knocking on the door saying ‘Don’t sign because we are there for you' I would still sign the contract even though there is an uncertainty over who is going to be the manager because I know I’m in one of the biggest clubs in the world.”

You can watch episode four of Football Whispers TV here.