Arsene Wenger insists Sanchez and Ozil are not leaving in January
World Cup winner has been linked with Barcelona
28 November, 2017 — By Geoffrey Sawyer
ARSENAL manger Arsene Wenger today (Tuesday) said Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez would still be at the Emirates Stadium once the transfer window closes at the end of January, despite their rapidly expiring contracts at the club.
Both players have yet to extend their contracts and could leave for free in the summer if new deals are not signed. This has led to growing speculation that Arsenal will want to claw back some financial return on two of its biggest assets when teams are allowed to trade again next month.
Asked at a press conference today whether they would be players when the window shuts, Wenger said: “Yes, of course. That is what we said many times.”
Ozil is expected to miss tomorrow night’s match with Huddersfield, having been absent from the 1-0 win at Burnley on Sunday with illness. He has been linked with a move to Barcelona or a possible transfer to Manchester United.
Wenger said: “I rule it out. I do not think every day about that. At the moment I think, as long as they [Ozil and Sanchez] 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.”
The manager said he wanted them both to renew their contracts beyond this season but added: “I am not the only one who can decide that.”