Ar­se­nal may sell Me­sut Özil and Alexis Sánchez in Jan­uary, says Arsène Wenger

The Guardian Australia - - Sport - Ja­cob Stein­berg

Arsène Wenger has ad­mit­ted that Ar­se­nal might be forced to sell Me­sut Özil and Alexis Sánchez in Jan­uary if there is no sign of a break­through in con­tract talks be­fore the trans­fer win­dow opens.

Özil and Sánchez are both in the fi­nal year of their cur­rent deals and while Wenger re­mains hope­ful that ne­go­ti­a­tions with his two big­gest play­ers will reach a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion, Ar­se­nal’s man­ager opened the door to cash­ing in on the pair if the sit­u­a­tion drags on.

“Once you are in our kind of sit­u­a­tion we have en­vis­aged ev­ery kind of so­lu­tion yes,” Wenger said. “It’s pos­si­ble.”

Wenger has not put a dead­line on talks with ei­ther player and he said he was en­cour­aged by Özil’s agent say­ing that the Ger­man, who is af­ter a mas­sive pay rise be­fore com­mit­ting him­self to Ar­se­nal, wants to stay in the Premier League. Özil cur­rently earns £140,000 a week and the 28year-old, who is set to re­turn for Satur­day’s visit to Wat­ford, is said to be giv­ing se­ri­ous thought to stay­ing at Ar­se­nal be­cause a short­age of suit­ors.

“That’s my un­der­stand­ing,” Wenger said. “I al­ways said that the fact that we didn’t find an agree­ment last year doesn’t mean the player will nec­es­sar­ily leave. Both play­ers look happy here and over­all I hope that the sit­u­a­tion can be turned around. At the mo­ment, we are not close enough to an­nounce any­thing.”

Wenger went on to add his voice to the op­po­si­tion against the pro­posal by Sky Sports to move Ar­se­nal’s home game against Liver­pool to Christ­mas Eve.

“I know that we have to adapt to the sched­ule dic­tated by TV,” Wenger said. “If that hap­pens, I think no game should be played af­ter 2pm. I would pre­fer to be at home on Christ­mas night and cel­e­brat­ing. I still feel that could hap­pen if we play early.

“You wouldn’t want to sac­ri­fice your even­ing with your fam­ily. But that isn’t con­sid­ered any more. Peo­ple want to watch foot­ball dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod.”

Alexis Sánchez is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son. Pho­to­graph: Cather­ine Ivill - AMA/Getty Im­ages

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