Wenger may be forced to sell star duo to avoid them leaving for free
ARSENE Wenger has admitted that Arsenal may be forced to sell Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in January to avoid the pair leaving for free next summer. Striker Sanchez and midfielder Ozil are both out of contract at the end of the season and, despite lengthy negotiations, neither have agreed to extend their current deals. The stalemate leaves Arsenal facing the possibility of their two star players departing for free and Wenger conceded selling midseason is one solution. “It is possible,” Gunners boss Wenger said. “Once you’re in our kind of situation, we have envisaged every solution, yes.” Asked if the club had set a deadline for talks to be resolved, Wenger said: “No. Not at the moment.”
Ozil’s agent Erkut Sogut indicated this week his client was keen to stay in the Premier League and that negotiations with Arsenal were progressing “in a positive way”. When that assessment was put to Wenger, the Frenchman said: “That’s my understanding, yes. “I always said 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 the situation can be turned around.” Ozil is back in training after recovering from a knee injury and could play against Watford tomorrow but Sanchez will have to be assessed following Chile’s agonising defeat to Brazil.
Chile’s loss on Wednesday meant they failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup. There was disappointment too for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, who suffered a thigh injury playing for Germany against Azerbaijan last weekend and will be out for four to six weeks. Mustafi’s absence may at least be offset by the return of Laurent Koscielny, however, who is close to overcoming an Achilles problem.
Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez.