Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not worried about speculation surrounding his star duo of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and does not expect their contract situation to affect performance. Both players have just over a year remaining on their current deals with the North London club, and some sections of the media have reported that the two are pushing the club to match the figures earned by the Premier League’s other top names. Sanchez is reportedly expected to be offered a mega-deal from the cash-rich Chinese Super League, with claims that former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is now in charge of Hebei China Fortune, is ready to make a move for his fellow Chilean, with wages as high as £500,000 a week. “There is no concern, not at all. There is no concern. I answer you straight away,” said Wenger when asked if he was worried that he might lose his two stars. “You waste your time because these players have 18 months (left on their) contract, and I don’t see why there is any urgency in every press conference to have that question. Maybe you lack a bit of creativity in the newspapers and you always come up with the same subject. I don’t see why that should turn up in every press conference,” Wenger added. “If people want to go to China, they go to China. You can understand that I have completely different worries than China today ahead of the Manchester City game.” Arsenal have the financial ability to pay Sanchez and Ozil what they are asking for, even if it means breaking the club’s wage structure after years of being unable to compete with Europe’s richest teams. Ahead of the team’s clash this weekend, Arsenal have actually lost quite a few of their better players to Manchester City, who have not had any issue with paying out big wages while Arsenal focused on balancing their books after their move to the Emirates. Players such as Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Bacary Sagna have all moved to City from Arsenal. “It has reduced, but it is still there,” Wenger said when asked if the financial gap between the two clubs had lessened. “We are not (as vulnerable) because today, I feel we can give financial satisfaction and support ambitions and values that can make the players happy at this club. Before, perhaps the financial gap was too big a difference to keep our players. We could not compete. we had to sell players,” Wenger reasoned.
How long have you been with the Huskies?Oscar: “I’ve been with the Huskies for about a month and a half, two months now.”What position do you play?Oscar: “As of right now, I’m playing as a D-man.”Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This week’s Huskies Player of the Week is #8 defenseman Oscar Burgess.Each week, a different player from the Huskies will be interviewed.As part of a weekly feature, Oscar was met at the rink to talk about himself and his team effort.- Advertisement -Oscar Burgess Facts:Age: 17Height: 5′ 11″Weight: 170 lbs.Shoots: LeftHometown: Whitehorse, Y.T. How would you describe your style of play?Oscar: “I think I’m a playmaker, I just like to make quick plays and get out of our d-zone.”Favourite moment with the Huskies?Oscar: “Probably the bus trip after we swept Peace River at home, it was just great bonding with those guys.”Favourite hockey team?Oscar: “I’m a Calgary Flames fan.”Favourite player?Oscar: “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved Jarome Iginla. So I guess he’s my guy even though his number is getting retired this year.”Advertisement What music do you like?Oscar: “I honestly listen to a bit of everything. Rap, country, rock, whatever.”What’s your favourite food?Oscar: “Sushi.”What do you hope for the future?Oscar: “I would like to advance to the next level of hockey, Junior A or whatever it might be. But I just really hope to get to that next level one day.”