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Arsene Wenger has ruled out selling Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the upcoming winter transfer window, despite their contract running out at the end of the season.
The duo have refused to extend their contracts with us, despite the club’s numerous attempts to secure their futures.
Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid are all being linked with the Sanchez and it is expected that they will make bids for him when the window reopens in January.
Ozil also has his admirers, the German international is being linked with a January move to Barcelona or Manchester United.
Wenger has however now dismissed any notion that the duo will be allowed to leave in the winter. The manager insists he will keep them until the end of the season, despite being aware that they will leave for nothing if they don’t sign extensions.
Asked about the players’ futures Last week, “I’m not the only one who can decide that. They have a say in that as well.” A few minutes later he was asked if he could, in fact, rule out a mid-season departure. “Yeah, I rule it out,” Wenger said reports The Irish Times
“Look, I do not think every day about that.
As long as they are here they have to give their best for the team and for the club. In my head, they stay until the end of the season. That’s the decision I took at the start of the season. Unless something unbelievable happens, there’s no reason why that should change.”
The manager didn’t stop there, he went further to reaffirm his decision to keep them.
“For me, they stay until the end of the season. That’s what I decided at the start of the season. Will they stay longer? That’s impossible to answer today. I don’t know.”
Wenger is certainly aware of the consequences of losing both players for nothing at the end of the season and I believe he is right to hold on to his star duo till the end of the current campaign.
The duo were instrumental in the North London derby win against Tottenham earlier in the month, Sanchez slotted a last minute penalty at Burnley before both were again at their unplayable best against Huddersfield in midweek and everyone who watched those games will be desperate to keep them for as long as possible, both players are aware of the fact that European giants are watching them and would not let their levels drop.
Letting them leave at the midpoint of the season would make excellent financial sense but could also pose a threat to the Gunners achieving set targets for the season.