Sanchez, Ozil Going Nowhere – Wenger

Manager Arsene Wenger says forward Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Mesut Ozil will be at Arsenal after the January transfer window “unless something unbelievable happens”.

The contracts of both players expire at the end of the season.

Asked if his gut feeling is they will stay, Wenger replied: “Yes, of course.”

The Frenchman also said it is in midfielder Jack Wilshere’s “best interest” to remain with the Premier League club.

Wenger added: “I will absolutely fight for him to stay here because he’s a top-quality player.”

England international Wilshere, 25, has struggled with injuries since making his Arsenal debut in 2008 and spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Bournemouth.

He has yet to make a Premier League start this season.

Both Sanchez, 28, and 29-year-old Ozil are key figures for Wenger.

Chile forward Sanchez, who arrived in 2014 from Barcelona, has scored 56 goals in 113 appearances, while Germany international Ozil has produced 45 assists since his debut in September 2013, more than any other Premier League player.

Wenger said: “As long as they are here, they give their best for the club.

“In my head, they stay until the end of the season. Unless something unbelievable happens I don’t see that changing.”

Asked if they will remain beyond the end of the 2017-18 campaign, he added: “I am not the only one to decide that. They have to decide that as well.”

Arsenal Fed-Up Of Ozil’s Slow Down

Arsenal management believes Mesut Ozil has downed tools.

Arsenal players are actively trying to find a January buyer for Ozil amid growing concerns over his motivation.

A number of the attacker’s team-mates are convinced Ozil’s days at the Emirates Stadium are numbered and that it is inevitable he will not extend his contract.

Arsenal staff are growing increasingly worried at the Germany star’s lack of application so far this season as he runs down the remaining eight months of his contract.

Sources claim his effort in training has dropped significantly in recent months; the dip even been noticed by players.

 

 

Arsenal Prepared To Sell Mesut Ozil In January

Inter Milan have shown a strong interest in Ozil and that may tempt Arsenal to cash in with no sign of the German superstar signing a new deal at the Emirates.

The current situation with Ozil, 28, not in the team because of a slight knee problem has only highlighted the fact that Arsenal can cope without him.

Manager Arsene Wenger has said that Ozil will be back after the international break but he is no longer guaranteed a place in the starting line-up.

While Alexis Sanchez has performed well in some games despite his contract stand-off, there have been questions over Ozil.

 

 

Source: Tribal Football

Mesut Ozil Wants Arsenal Stay Despite ‘Slow Down’

Mesut Ozil wants to stay with Arsenal, it has been revealed.

The Germany midfielder is inside the final year of his contract and it’s been claimed he hasn’t heard from the club about new terms since February.

BILD says despite his treatment, Ozil’s priority is to stay with the Gunners.

Indeed, the midfielder remains eager to discuss a new contract with Arsenal – though management has shown little enthusiasm from their side of the table.

Yesterday, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger denied they were pushing Ozil out of the club, insisting that contract talks had only “slowed down”.

 

Source: Tribal Football

Wenger Denies “Contract Talk” With Ozil Gone Silent

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger denies contract talks with Mesut Ozil have collapsed.

Wenger did admit discussions have “slowed down” in the past couple of weeks but insists that dialogue is still open and the club want the 28-year-old playmaker to re-sign.

German media claim talks have stalled since February.

But on Wednesday Wenger said: “Yes, of course (I am hopeful).

“The contract talks have slowed down a little bit since August 31, because we need a little breather and to focus on the competition. But we will slowly get back into that.”

 

Leicester Will Be Incredibly Difficult, Says Ozil

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has said it will be “incredibly difficult to stop” Premier League leaders Leicester City when the two sides meet this weekend.

Leicester claimed a shock 3-1 win at Manchester City on Saturday to extend their lead over Arsenal and Tottenham to five points.

The Foxes travel to London to face Arsenal this Sunday and the German is wary of their opponents’ quality ahead of a key game in the title race.

“It’ll be incredibly difficult to stop them. They were up 3-0 at Manchester City after 60 minutes. It’s brilliant what they accomplish with their team,” Ozil told reporters.

“You have to have the greatest respect for that. Our job is to at least for now get Leicester off this unbelievable wave of euphoria.

“That Leicester lead the Premier League by this margin in February is one of the biggest surprises in the European top flights in the past few years.”

Ozil, who scored in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend, added: “We are now challenged to change that.”