Miles: Contract talks looking ‘pretty good’

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Arsenal club secretary David Miles says contract talks with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are progressing well and that Arsene Wenger is also looking out for new recruits.

Speaking to BT Sport in Switzerland after Arsenal were paired with Bayern Munich in the first knockout round of the Champions League, Miles was quizzed on the state of negotiations with the Gunners star duo.

“Of course, we know talks are ongoing with certain players and certain contracts,” he said.

“At the moment, things are looking pretty good in that way.”

On the subject of signing new players in the future, he added: “Obviously that’s Arsene’s domain, and it’s in very safe hands.

“I know he’s already looking for opportunities to strengthen the squad.”

Then, in an obvious attempt to rally the troops, Miles adopted a suitably theatrical tone before throwing the gauntlet down at Bayern Munich.

“Obviously, it’s going to be a very tough draw against Bayern Munich. To keep things in context we’ve now been in the knockout phase of the Champions League for 14 years running and we’ve played Bayern Munich five or six times over the last ten years or so.

“We’re looking forward this time to actually beating them…because every time up to now they’ve beaten us unfortunately.”

Inspiring stuff there.

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