According to Sky Sports, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will not be leaving the club in January. The Arsenal boss has reassured fans who feared both Sanchez and Ozil would be on their way out in the January transfer window.
Both players are out of a contract at the end of the season and have been linked with moves to big European clubs. Despite this, Wenger is confident that the players will remain at the club at least for the rest of the season.
When asked if the players would still be at Arsenal in February, Wenger said “Yes, of course. That is what we said many times.” In terms of what happens at the end of the season, the players will have to decide, but the offer remains open at Arsenal.
Both Sanchez and Ozil have been key players in the Arsenal side. Manchester United and Barcelona are both interested in signing Ozil. Jose Mourinho worked with Ozil at Real Madrid and is a big fan of the German’s playmaking ability. Alexis Sanchez has caught the eye of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
Mesut Ozil joined Premier League team Arsenal in 2013 for a club-record £42.5 million from Real Madrid, making him the most expensive German player of all time. Sanchez joined Arsenal one year later in 2014 in a £31.7 million move from Barcelona.
During the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons in the Spanish League La Liga, Ozil and Sanchez were fierce rivals playing for the top two clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona. The two teammates could become rivals once more next season if they sign for City and United.
Sanchez netted a late penalty against Burnley on Sunday to take Arsenal up to fourth in the Premier League. Ozil was unable to play on Sunday due to illness and is looking unlikely to feature against Huddersfield on Wednesday.
Another Arsenal player whose contract expires at the end of the season is Jack Wilshere. The 25-year-old has only made three substitution appearances in the Premier League this season. Wilshere is likely to consider leaving Arsenal over the summer in search of regular game time.