Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil will not be sold in January, says Arsene Wenger
Arsenal will not sell Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil during the January transfer window, manager Arsene Wenger has said. Both players are out of contract at the end of the season and are yet to agree to new deals, and there has been speculation that Arsenal could sell the influential pair in January to avoid seeing them leave for free in the summer.
But when asked in a news conference on Friday if Sanchez and Ozil would see out the season at Arsenal, Wenger said: “I can tell you a global answer — yes. They will all stay. “I will analyse every case individually and separately, but overall I would say my wish and my desire is that everybody stays.”
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Jack Wilshere is another player whose Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season and Wenger revealed he will begin talks with the 25-year-old midfielder later this month about the possibility of a new deal.
“I was impressed,” Wenger said. “It was an encouraging performance. He suffered in the last 20, but we had to attack. He has been patient and worked hard.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 15, 2017
“I will talk to him at the end of December. It is, of course, for him as well, to be happy to be here that is important. I consider him an Arsenal man.”
Arsenal lie seventh in the Premier League table, 19 points behind leaders Manchester City, ahead of a home match against an out-of-form Newcastle United on Saturday. After winning and drawing their opening two fixtures, City have won their next 15 fixtures — a Premier League record — and Wenger believes they can emulate his 2003-04 Arsenal side and go through the league season unbeaten.