Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal are set to restart negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over contract extensions for the pair. Both players have deals running until 2018 and the club are desperate to extend their stays in North London.
Mesut Ozil signed for Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 for a fee of £42.5 million and has made over 100 appearances for the club since then. He has 21 goals for The Gunners in all competitions. Sanchez meanwhile arrived at the Emirates a year later from Barcelona for £31.7 million. The Chilean has 43 goals in all competitions in his 96 appearances for Arsenal.
Speaking at the press conference ahead of their Champions clash against Paris-Saint Germain, Wenger said, “Ozil and Sanchez, we will start to talk for their extensions.”
Arsenal had made an initial approach for possible extensions with the pair in the summer but talks were put on hold as the two went for international duty. Sanchez guided his team Chile to the Copa America title, while Ozil helped Germany reach the semi-finals of the Euro Championships.
The two players are regulars in Arsenal’s starting line-up and are vital to any possibilities of the Gunners’ winning a trophies this season.
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Their agreement to long-term commitment to the club will not only help Arsenal challenge for trophies but it will help Wenger secure signatures of more quality players in the near future.
The pair have travelled to France for Arsenal’s clash against Paris-Saint Germain as they aim to kick off their Champions League campaign with a solid win.