The ideal situation would have been to get Lacazette and another top quality player to show Ozil and Sanchez we mean business and we aren’t just aiming for a top four place and it might have persuaded them to stay.
But with both of them, and Cazorla, not being here next season it is going to be almost impossible to get three replacements for them.
Even if we did, it would only get us back to the position we are already in.
This has been handled about as bad as it could be.
Rather than buying quality players to play alongside the world class ones we have, and maybe get them to sign new contracts, we are going lose our only top class players and replace them with inferior versions.