Wenger on keeping stars: Negotiations are always open

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have not reached a ‘take it or leave it’ stage in negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and has stressed that the club’s door is always open to players, whether they have years or months left on their contracts.

Both the Mirror and the Daily Mail report this morning that the Gunners are willing to make a last-ditch attempt to keep Mesut Ozil with the player able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in less than three weeks.

“Negotiations are always going on with everybody,” said Wenger when quizzed about Ozil.

“Is it people with two years to go, one year to go or three months to go? Our door is always open. For the rest, I cannot tell you much more.

“I said that many times [we want to keep Ozil and Sanchez]. That’s all we can say.”

Pressed again on the matter later in his pre-West Ham press conference, the boss was a little more cagey. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given that time is against the club.

“I don’t want to talk about that. The best way to deal with these things is to be as discreet as possible. No, [it has not reached a take it or leave it stage].”

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