Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal will not sell Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez this summer.
Both the German and Chilean will be out of contract in just over a year and neither has put pen-to-paper on a new contract despite repeated offers from the Gunners.
While Wenger is adamant that he has no problem letting his star duo run down their contracts, he did suggest that securing high profile arrivals could change the situation but even then, only if the players really push to leave.
Here’s what the boss had to say about the duo when quizzed by beIN Sport...
AW: This summer, first of all, they will stay at the club and hopefully we can extend their contract.
They are not going to leave?
AW: No. You know, you cannot weaken the club and weaken the team. We want to strengthen the team…unless you find a player of the same calibre and they absolutely want to leave. I believe that at the moment we are not on that front. We are just focused on keeping the team together and see how to strengthen the team.
What impact will it have if you hold onto those players [Alexis and Ozil] who maybe would like to leave?
I’m always surprised by that question because when you sign a contract somewhere you commit to give your best until the last day of the contract. I would say why should they not give their best. The interest of any footballer is to play football and well. Even more so when you’re at the end of your contract, your interest is always to give your best and if you’re a winner, to win the game.
So as far as you’re concerned keeping Ozil and Sanchez even until the end of their contracts is not a problem?