Wenger: Transfer activity dependent on contract extensions

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Wilshere Sanchez Ozil contracts

Arsene Wenger has hinted he’ll be active in the transfer market during the month of January, but says that the contract situations with players like Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere will play a part in what happens.

All three are out of contract in the summer and can now, with less than 6 months remaining on their current deals, sign pre-contract agreements with clubs outside of England.

The Arsenal manager has reiterated his desire to keep all three players, so perhaps this month might provide some clarity in terms of their future intentions and what the club has to offer them.

Asked about his intentions, whether incoming or outgoing, Wenger said, “We are out there and look to do some things, yes.

“But when is difficult to say because that doesn’t depend only on us. We are open in any position for the exceptional player who can give us a plus.

“Therefore it depends a little bit on the injuries as well, and on the other hand I must say it will depend on who will manage to extend the contracts of the players who are at the end of their contracts in June.

“It will depend on that as well, because we’ll have to take the consequences of these decisions and respond to it.”

There doesn’t appear to be anything imminent happening though, with the manager sounding less than assured about any progress being made.

“In our job some days you think you make progress,” he said, “and the next you move back again so long as something is not signed you don’t like too much to talk about it.”

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