Arsene Wenger has insisted he is calm about the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez following huge speculation they could leave the club.
Both players are about to enter the last 18 months of their current deals with neither player yet to agree an extension.
The latest reports have suggested Ozil will be sold if he does lower his wage demands while Chelsea are believed to be targeting a move for Sanchez.
However, speaking at a pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game with Stoke, Wenger appeared calm over the situation.
“They have 18 months left on their contracts and they are completely committed to doing well as long as they are here,” he said via the official Arsenal website.
“Beyond that, we’ll try to extend their contracts but I cannot make that the subject in every press conference because it’s a normal part of every renewal when you renegotiate. The less you talk about it, the better it is.”
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When questioned even further about their two players’ long-term future, Wenger replied: “It depends what you call the long term. Eighteen months [left on their contracts] is quite long in football.”
Sanchez has also reportedly been offered £400,000-per-week to quit the club and Wenger admitted he was not surprised to hear of such huge offers for his star man.
He said: “I believe it, yes, why not? But why should you go to China when you’re playing in England today?”
Wenger also insisted the near-constant speculation surrounding the players was not an issue and would not affect any of his players.
“No, because we are all professionals,” he added. “Eighteen months is a long time in the game and I don’t believe that that is any problem.
“It has always been a part of my job and it has always been difficult. But the problem is when the players have a big name, it’s a repetition of always the same things because you are always asked exactly the same things.
“But that doesn’t improve the speed of the negotiations. It doesn’t improve the speed of decision making. You have to respect the process in every single negotiation. Sometimes it goes very quick, sometimes it’s slow. The only handicap when it’s slow is that you get that served in every press conference.”
Wenger’s words are no doubt designed to reassure fans who have been alarmed by the most recent speculation concerning both players’ futures and are eager for the club to tie down their two stars.