Shocker: Wenger hints his favourite star duo might leave Arsenal!
Arsene Wenger admitted Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are no closer to signing new contracts, but assured Arsenal fans they don’t have to worry.
Arsenal have been in talks with the star duo since last September but have yet to agree on fresh terms.
Ozil and Sanchez, who joined from Real Madrid and Barcelona for £42.5m and £31.7m in 2013 and 2014 respectively, both have less than two years of their current deals left to run.
When asked if there is any update on the negotiations, a visibly confused Wenger said: “No. We keep that internally and we always make progress, but it’s not always a quick process.
“They still have two years left on their contract and there is no urgency as well. There is no reason for Arsenal fans to be concerned.
“Will we have more talks after the transfer window has closed? Yes. At the moment we have priorities which are a bit different.
“Most of the time contract extensions are done outside the transfer window because it gives you a bit more time and focuses on that.”
But when pressed even more if he is confident they will agree to sign a new contract, Wenger unconvincingly replied: “I think so.”
Ozil and Sanchez have remained key players for Arsenal since their arrival at the Emirates Stadium.
The German maestro has improved season by season and even created the most assists in the Premier League last campaign with 19.
Despite suffering from a few injury problems over the last two years, Sanchez has still scored 41 goals.
Wenger also didn’t confirm if any progress has been made in talks over Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi.
It is still believed Mustafi has already agreed on personal terms, but the Gunners are trying to settle on a fee.
The 24-year-old has a release clause worth £42m, but the La Liga club are believed to be prepared to accept £30m.
Arsenal are in desperate need of a centre-half with Per Mertesacker (knee), Gabriel Paulista (ankle) and Laurent Koscielny (not match fit) not available for the start of the season, which begins at home against Liverpool on Sunday.
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