Cech: Winning makes it easier to keep Ozil & Alexis

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Petr Cech is hoping Arsenal can put together a winning run that makes it easier to persuade Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to commit their long-term futures to the club.

Arsenal’s two highest earners have both stated that they are happy at the Emirates and open to extending their current deals but with wages an underlying issue, there remains a chance that big-money offers could lure them to pastures new.

“I think for us it is important to show them how much we need them in the team and to show them how much we want to win,” Cech told the Evening Standard after Saturday’s 4-0 win over Swansea.

“Then obviously it will make their decision easier. If they see that we are competitive, everybody is ready to win things together and they know how important they are for our team, then this will make their decision easier.”

Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud all penned contract extensions last week, while Hector Bellerin and Emi Martinez did the same in November.

In addition to Ozil and Sanchez, Arsenal have another four players with contracts ending in July 2018 – Carl Jenkinson (expected to leave on a permanent basis in this window), Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere. Two players, Wojciech Szczesny and Yaya Sanogo, are out of contract this summer.

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