Arsene Wenger says negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been put on hold until the summer after contract talks stalled with both players.
The Gunners have been trying to persuade their star duo to sign new deals at the Emirates for the best part of a year, however, with both men out of contract in July 2018 they could be forced to sell at the end of the season or risk losing them for free further down the line.
Speaking to beIN Sport about the talks, Wenger confirmed: “At the moment we have not got an agreement.
“We have decided to focus on the end of the season and talk about it in the summer, it is the same situation with Ozil because once you don’t find an agreement and it [the negotiation] lasts, it is not good so it is better you get it out and sit down in the summer.”
Alexis has been heavily linked with a move away from the club with Paris Saint Germain, Juventus, Manchester City and clubs in China all touted as possible destinations. It’s understood that Arsenal would be open to cashing in on the 28-year-old.
Ten days ago, Ozil said about his future: “Everything is open. We had talks with Arsenal. Right now I’m concentrating on the current season.
“Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons I joined Arsenal. But I know that sometimes things go very fast in football and that you can never plan something.”
Hmm. None of this is sounding particularly positive.
As part of the same interview, Wenger discussed his future, the banners at West Bromwich Albion and maintaining perspective. You can read those quotes here.
Here’s a puppy looking at a kitten to cheer you up.