Gun­ners on hold

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LON­DON: Arsene Wenger re­veals con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions with Alexis Sanchez and Me­sut Ozil have been put on hold... but re­fuses to elab­o­rate on his own fu­ture

Alexis Sanchez and Me­sut Ozil look likely to leave Ar­se­nal this sum­mer af­ter Arsene Wenger re­vealed talks over new con­tracts for the pair are on hold.

Sanchez has re­jected a con­tract worth £180,000 (RM990,000) a week and Ozil is re­fus­ing to sign an of­fer in ex­cess of £200,000 a week.

Both have less than 15 months re­main­ing on their ex­ist­ing deals.

De­spite the im­passe, Wenger had main­tained through­out the sea­son that dis­cus­sions were on­go­ing, but con­firmed on Wednesday that fur­ther talks will not take place un­til the end of the sea­son.

“At the mo­ment we have not got an agree­ment,” the Ar­se­nal man­ager told beIN Sports when asked about Sanchez’s fu­ture.

“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 the ne­go­ti­a­tion lasts, it is not good, so it is bet­ter you get it out and sit down in the sum­mer.’

The news will worry Ar­se­nal fans, who fear los­ing Ozil, the club’s record sign­ing, and Sanchez, their tal­is­man and top scorer this sea­son. Daily Mail

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