Arsenal confident to tie down Ozil and Sanchez

Both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have two years remaining on their current contracts and Arsenal are desperate to tie them down with long-term deals.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has insisted he is “confident” Arsenal’s top two stars will agree to new terms this summer as discussions have already begun regarding lengthy extensions.

27-year-old Ozil happens to be the club’s top earner at present and could be waiting for another major hike from his current basic deal which is around £140,000-per-week including big bonuses.

On the other hand, Chile forward Sanchez is on £130,000-per-week and is expected to be handed out an extension with a mammoth rise to fend off interest from Juventus, Real Madrid.

Wenger revealed: “That (contract negotiations) will be done in the break, in the summer.

“Yes, I am confident. Yes, they have a two-year contract left and there’s been nothing done yet.

“They look happy, when I talk to them they are happy and they want to extend their contracts so I don’t think it is a problem.”

After a merely slow start, Sanchez started to burst into life in the Premier League and managed seven goals in four matches including a goal in the Champions League against Olympiakos.

Then came the deep in-form period. The causes for what exactly happened in the ensuing weeks are still not clear. It could be the rest Sanchez enjoyed in the December-January period, it could be his fitness, it could be something in his personal life that is what affecting his confidence on the field.

But one thing is for sure: he has only scored four times, only once in the Premier League, since the mid-October, 2015.

The reason why Alexis is singled out is not due to some poor form for a few games, or some bad misses in the most recent fixtures.

It’s because he was supposed to be the man leading from the front at Arsenal, and right now he is far, far from that point.

The most likely reason the Chilean’s underperformance is that spell he had on the sidelines in the turn of 2016, which started on December 5th. Since then, his goals came against Burnley in the FA Cup, and against Spurs in the most recent Premier League North London derby.

Prior to his fitness problems in December 2015, Sanchez was exceptionally accurate with 55 percent of his shots in 14 league appearances. Since his return to the first team in Premier League, he’s only put 35 percent of his shots on target.

Meanwhile, Wenger, who has still had one year left on his contract, also reiterated his own desire to hold on to the managerial hot seat as the club wants to spend big this summer with Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka and Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos on their shortlist.

Wenger despite refusing to discuss any transfer target, didn’t dismiss Xhaka’s name as he said: “My individual case is to perform, as I just told you, and to give my best to the team to be successful until the end of the season. That’s what it is about.

“After that, this club has values and one of the values is that we respect our contract. And people who work for the club respect their contract so that shouldn’t be a surprise. I have been here for 19 years and I always did that.”

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