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Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes the club will not allow Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil leave in January.
Sanchez and Ozil have refused to sign new contracts, even though their current deals expires at the end of the season.
It’s been widely reported that Arsenal will consider selling them in January if a monstrous offer comes in but Keown is of the opinion that they’ll be made to see the end of their contracts.
“I believe that they believe in the football club,” Keown told BT Sport, as quoted by the Express.
“They have to do well between now and the end of the season and then go with everyone’s blessing.
“Wenger wants them at the club. He wants the best players, that’s all he’s ever interested in – he is not interested in getting any money in for them.
“I think they should stay at the club and give their best and lets hope they qualify for the Champions League.”
Returning to the Champions League is Arsenal’s priority now and I am sure the club won’t want to lose its key players if it will jeopardize our chances of accomplishing our goal. It does look like it will, so I don’t expect them to be sold next month.
Even though losing them for free at the end of the season will hit us hard financially, I would prefer them to stay until then. Should we qualify for the Champions League, we should be able to compensate for the financial hit.