Arsene Wenger says reports that Mesut Ozil has agreed a move to Barcelona are false.
Earlier this week, the Catalan media claimed that the Germany international could move to the Camp Nou in January for a cut-price fee of €20 million.
They backed up their claim by suggesting the move had been sanctioned by Arsenal who are looking to recoup some of their £42 million outlay rather than lose the 29-year-old on a free next summer.
Asked about the story after Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Cologne, Wenger remarked:
“No [it’s not true]. What kind of control can I have over that [speculation]? All these people have agents who can talk to anybody.
“That doesn’t disturb people, that happens all through their career.”
The boss also went on to make clear that both Ozil and Alexis, who is in a similar contract situation, remain professional and will likely play against Burnley on Sunday.
“They are honest. I don’t question their honesty,” he added.
“Nobody knows what will happen when the players reach the end of their contracts. Our worry is to perform on Sunday, that’s it.”