Wenger says Ozil contract talks ‘very much alive’


Arsene Wenger says that Alexis Sanchez won’t sign a new contract with Arsenal – going as far as admitting he’ll sell the Chilean if he can find a replacement this month – but that he’s optimistic over both Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere.

The midfielders, like Sanchez, are out of contract in June, and the Arsenal manager is targetting renewals for both to ensure that the job of building the squad isn’t as great.

The German is open to offers from the Gunners, and there’s hope on both sides that agreement can be reached.

“It looks like Sanchez will not extend his contract,” said Wenger.

“But we want to keep Jack and if we have an opportunity maybe to keep Ozil, the rebuild will be less deep than if all three left.”

Saying that talks were ‘very much alive’, the Frenchman was asked what it would take to convince the duo to stay.

“These guys want to win, and they want to make money as well,” he said. “So they want a combination of the two that big clubs can give them.

“Incidentally he’s [Ozil] won trophies with us. So he wants to fight as well for the Premier League.”

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