Wenger rules out premature Ozil and Alexis exits

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Arsene Wenger says he has no intention of selling Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in January and that it would take something ‘unbelievable’ for that to change.

Speculation has mounted in recent weeks that Arsenal could be tempted to cash in on the Chile striker and Germany midfielder in January as they look to recoup some of the £78 million paid out to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Both players will be allowed to talk to foreign clubs about a free move next summer when the window opens in five weeks time.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Huddersfield, the boss was adamant that he’ll be able to call on the duo for the first half of 2018 at least.

“I rule it out [selling them],” he said. “I don’t think every day about that.

“As long as they are here they give their best for the club. In my head they stay until the end of the season.

“Unless something unbelievable happens I don’t see that changes.”

As the clock ticks down on their contracts it does look increasingly likely that Ozil and Alexis will depart for free in the summer. While the boss hasn’t yet given up hope of persuading them to stay, he admits the ball isn’t in his court.

“I am not the only one to decide that,” he said. “They have to decide that as well.”

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