Monday 20 November 2017

Arsene Wenger: Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil Arsenal contract talks will not resume until the summer

Alexis Sanchez, right, and Mesut Ozil, left, have just one year remaining on their contracts at Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez, right, and Mesut Ozil, left, have just one year remaining on their contracts at Arsenal
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Arsene Wenger insists he still has "no news" over his Arsenal future despite fan pressure for he and the club to reveal whether he will remain as manager beyond this summer.

In an interview with beIN Sports, Wenger admitted his Gunners side are "suffering a lot of the moment" but believes there is still time to redefine how the campaign will be judged.

Arsenal have lost four of their last five league games - the worst domestic run of results since Wenger joined - and sit in sixth place in the table, but Wenger is yet to give any public indication as to whether he will sign a new contract and continue his 21-year tenure.

He also revealed that contract talks with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have been put on hold until after the season finishes, saying "once you don't find an agreement, it's better you sit down in the summer".

On his own future, he said: "My news is that I have no news for you. No matter long I will stay I will be committed and completely focussed. How long I stay doesn't really matter because as long as I am there I am completely focused on what is best for the club.

"We're suffering a lot at the moment, but if you take a little bit of distance and put things in perspective we are two games in hand, we are in the semi-finals of the [FA] cup against City. Our season will be decided will be how we respond to the difficult period we have.

Wenger admitted he had mixed feelings over banners unfurled at West Brom calling for his departure but launched another defence of his time at the club.

"My job is to make 100% of people happy," he added. "If you look at where the club was when I arrived and where the club is today, I'm quite proud of what I've done but today we live in a period where people are very demanding, and I understand that.

"I know, as well, I have guided this club through very difficult periods, with very limited resources. I have always managed to get the best out of the team and that's what I will do as long as I am with Arsenal Football Club.

"People judge your work. My job is not to judge, my job is to produce. Let other people judge."

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