Arsene Wenger says that although no decision has been made regarding the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the club will have to think about the possibility of moving them on when the transfer window opens in January.
Both players have contracts which expire next summer, and the Gunners could hold onto them until then, but the ability to source top quality replacements would be made a little easier if some money was received.
Ozil cost a then club record £42.5m in August 2013, while £35m was splashed out on Sanchez the following year. If both were to leave on a free, it would be a huge financial write-off, and with interesting in Sanchez from Man City and Atletico Madrid and Manchester United reportedly keen on the German there could be options.
The Frenchman was speaking to beIN Sport, as he seems to do during every international break now, and he was asked about the futures of his two stars.
“No decision has been made on that front,” Wenger said.
“Do we let anyone go in January? We’ll have to think about that to see where we stand with them at the end of December.”
No doubt there’ll be many considerations. The state of play in the Premier League, the offers received, who those offers are from, and the ability to find replacements in January ourselves.
Whatever you think of the way they’ve played thus far, it would be a massive loss of quality to see them go mid-season.
Interesting times though, we’ll see what happens.