Ozil and Sanchez could leave in January: Wenger

The Arsenal boss has admitted he could lose his most prized assets in the January transfer window despite contract talks currently “going well” with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

By SportBrief Reporter

Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger, has said that although talks over a new contract are going well with Mesuit Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, there remains a possibility that the duo could leave the club in January.

The contracts of both midfielder Ozil and forward Sanchez are due to expire at the end of the season meaning that if an agreement is not reached over a new contract with the club, the pair could negotiate with other clubs in January.

When asked to confirm reports negotiations with Ozil’s agent were progressing “positively”, Wenger said:

“That is my understanding. The fact we didn’t agree last year doesn’t mean he wants to leave. Both players look happy and overall I hope the situation can be turned round, but at the moment we are not close enough to announce anything. Talks are going well.”

However, the Frenchman was quick to admit that the club had not set a deadline to conclude a deal.

And when asked about the possibility of both Ozil and Sanchez being sold when the transfer window opens, he replied: “Once you are in our kind of situation you have envisaged every solution, yes. It’s possible.”

Meanwhile, the Gunners are set to be without defender Shkodran Mustafi who has been sidelined for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

The 25-year-old Germany international limped off with a first-half injury as the World Cup holders completed a 100% record in qualifying for Russia 2018 by thrashing Azerbaijan 5-1 on Sunday.

“We’ve lost Mustafi for about four to six weeks. I don’t think he will be available before the next international break,” said Wenger.

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