Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal fans a boost, saying that he believes that both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil will remain at Arsenal. The pair has just over 12 months left on their respective contracts and has been heavily linked with moves away (via Arsenal.com).
The future of Arsene Wenger isn’ the only major story surrounding the club at the moment. The question of whether Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil will remain at the club is also up for discussion.
Sanchez gave an interview in his native Chile yesterday, during which he said that he is happy in London and wants to stay in the city. Some read that as Sanchez flirting with the idea of joining Chelsea, but Wenger quickly put that to bed.
“There’s only one team in London so he’s happy,” Wenger joked. “I think he’s happy here.
“It’s true we haven’t extended his contract yet and we hope he does that. I don’t see anything negative in that, that he wants to win the championship. That’s what everyone does.”
This is a familiar feeling for Arsenal fans. The Gunners have sold a number of key players to rival clubs in the past, including the likes of Robin Van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor. Wenger responded to those fears too.
“It’s true that it has happened before, we were in positions where we had to sell our best players, that is not the case anymore.
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“Look, he has a year [remaining] on his contract, it’s not an immediate issue for the club.”
Sanchez isn’t the only key player with a year left on his deal. Mesut Özil’s contract also expires next season and Wenger revealed why they haven’t signed new deals.
“No, when you go in the final 2/3 months of the season, everyone is focussed on the end of the season. They are not out of contract at the end of the season.
“I believe both want to stay and, hopefully, the club can find an agreement with them.”
It would be brilliant if both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil decide to remain at Arsenal. The star men are the two most important players at the club and it’s vital that they remain in North London. Hopefully, they both renew their deals at the Emirates for long beyond next season.