Arsene Wenger thinks Sanchez & Ozil want to stay but is coy on own future

March 30, 2017
Source: BBC
Arsene Wenger thinks Sanchez & Ozil want to stay but is coy on own future

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil want to stay at the club but says his own future is "not sorted completely".

Contract talks with Ozil, 28, and Sanchez are on hold until the summer.

Sanchez, 28, has been quoted stating he wants to stay in London at a club with a "winning mentality", prompting speculation of a move to Chelsea.

"I personally believe both of them want to stay and I hope the club will find an agreement with them," said Wenger.

Both players are under contract until June 2018 but speculation over their futures has been widespread during the current campaign.

The Arsenal manager, 67, stressed the situation was "not an immediate concern" and that there was no need to sell key players, unlike in past seasons when the club did so based on their financial position.

Chilean Sanchez was quoted in his homeland saying: "I'm happy in London [home of both Arsenal and current Premier League leaders Chelsea] and I want to finish my contract. I like to stay in one place, one city, where the team fights for titles."

Wenger emphasised he took Sanchez's words in "a very positive way".

"Alexis said he wants to win the championship, that's what everybody wants," added Wenger.

'Not sorted completely'

Wenger was offered a new contract earlier this season but several ex-Arsenal players have stated his 21 years at the club are coming to an end in the face of mounting fan frustration at perceived underachievement.

The Gunners remain in the FA Cup but have exited the Champions League and sit sixth in the Premier League, form which has seen sections of supporters hold banners and sing songs asking Wenger to leave.

He promised clarity on his future "soon" less than two weeks ago, but on Thursday said: "It's a subject that at the moment it is not sorted completely out.

"I'm very clear in my mind. Do I stay two months or two years? My commitment will be exactly the same all the time. It does not influence my attitude."