Arsene Wenger says his contract situation has no bearing on the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
As two of the club’s star players, both inside the last two years of their current deals, the club are anxious to tie them down for longer. But when it was suggested to the manager that his own contract – which expires at the end of the season – might be creating some uncertainty, he was quick to rule that out.
“No, I don’t say that,” he replied. “They are happy at the club and I want them to commit to the club because they believe they are in the right place.
“We are always in touch and that’s our desire [to extend the contracts]. Mesut Ozil is 28 years old, in the prime of his career and of course we want him to contribute to the success of this club in the future.”
At this point it does feel like there’s a bit of posturing going on from both sides, and the recent form of both players will strengthen their hand when it comes to negotiations.
However, if Arsenal can continue to play well and keep up this kind of form, any doubts the players have about their ability to win things here will lessen.
Wenger was also asked about his intentions, but once more would not be drawn.
“I don’t want to speak about that,” he said. “I’ve spoken about that plenty, and nothing has changed.”