Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has said that the Gunners might be forced to sell both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in January if there were no significant breakthrough in their contract talks.
The pair are in the final year of their contracts with Arsenal, and although Wenger remains hopeful that negotiations with his two biggest players will reach a successful conclusion, the Frenchman had also opened the door to releasing the players for a hefty sum if the situation drags on.
“Once you are in our kind of situation we have envisaged every kind of solution, yes,” he said. “It’s possible.”
“I always said the fact that we didn’t find an agreement last year doesn’t mean the player will necessarily leave. Both players look happy here and overall I hope the situation can be turned around. At the moment, we are not close enough to announce anything.” – Cara Daftar Sbobet
Wenger also added that his club had not set a deadline to conclude a deal but has been encouraged after learning that Ozil, who is after a massive pay rise before committing himself to Arsenal, wants to stay in the Premier League.
On the other hand, Wenger does not believe that Chile’s absence from the World Cup in the coming summer would prompt a drop in Sanchez’s form for Arsenal.
“He expected to go. Certainly it is a big disappointment for him,” Wenger said. “(But) I have no doubt he wants to perform. He never goes on the football pitch to lose a football game. Sánchez is a winner. You want your players to be in a positive mind and to have positive experiences. To go to the World Cup is the target of every single player who plays football.”
Sanchez has flown back to London on Thursday, but Wenger is apprehensive that he will not be ready to start against Watford after a gruelling match against Brazil.
“I watched the game, what a physical game it was,” the Arsenal coach added. “The number of fouls … He played against Dani Alves, that was a real battle, believe me. It’s worse to watch.”