Sunday 26 January 2020

Wenger: Ozil and Sanchez contract talks on hold until end of season

Arsene Wenger: No news. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Arsene Wenger: No news. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

John Percy

The futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at Arsenal have been plunged further into doubt after Arsene Wenger revealed contract negotiations are on hold until the summer.

Arsenal are facing the increasingly likely prospect of losing their two star men ahead of next season, as the crisis deepens for their beleaguered manager.

It is understood Ozil has rejected the offer of a new deal worth more than £200,000 (€231,000) a week and is ready to push for a move if, as expected, Wenger remains at the Emirates for 2017-18.

Sanchez, who also has a year remaining on his current contract, remains locked in a stand-off with the Arsenal hierarchy and his departure also seems inevitable as Wenger prepares to significantly reshape his squad.

Paris St-Germain and Juventus are interested in signing the Chile striker, while Fenerbahce have emerged as suitors for Ozil.

Wenger has added to the uncertainty around the future of the duo by admitting that talks have been scrapped until the end of the season.

"At the moment we have not got an agreement," he said. "We have decided to focus on the end of the season and talk about it in the summer. It is the same situation with Ozil because once you don't find an agreement and it (the negotiation) lasts, it is not good so it is better you get it out and sit down in the summer."

Wenger's own future remains up in the air, though it is understood that the Frenchman has informed the Arsenal board of his desire to extend his 21-year tenure.

A two-year contract is on the table and Wenger is already preparing for a summer overhaul of his squad, despite growing opposition from fans.

Arsenal have lost four of their last five Premier League games to threaten hopes of Champions League football next season, yet Wenger was unable to offer a public update on his own situation.

"My news is that I have no news for you," he said.

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