The contractual situations of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil remain unclear in some ways, but it what is obvious is that Arsenal have been unable to convince their two biggest stars to commit their futures to the club.
Sanchez would have been allowed leave if the signing of Thomas Lemar had been completed close to the end of the window, and despite positive comments from Mesut Ozil’s agent yesterday, Arsene Wenger played those down at his press conference on Thursday.
“I always said that the fact we didn’t find an agreement last year doesn’t mean that the player will necessarily leave,” he said.
“Both players [Ozil and Alexis] look happy here and overall, I hope that the situation can be turned around.”
If that’s the club’s priority though, there are clearly other options, one of which is moving one or both of them on in the January window to help fund new arrivals.
And Wenger admitted it was a scenario that is on the agenda. He denied that any deadline had been put on talks, but when asked if they might consider selling before June, he said, “Once you are in our kind of situation, you envisage any solution.
“Yes, it’s possible.”
Of course it doesn’t just depend on Arsenal. The players themselves would likely be more willing to wait until June to get that delicious, lucrative Bosman deal, but it does raise an interesting possibility.