Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Gunners have put the contract talks of both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil on hold.
The duo is well expected to depart the premises of Emirates as both are allegedly unhappy with club’s lack of success. Both have just 15 months left on their current contract and the possibility of extending it further is very least. Firstly, Alexis Sanchez hasn’t spoken much about the same, however, Ozil, back in January, said that his future solely depends on the fortune of Arsene Wenger.
“I am very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know that I would be ready to sign a new contract.”
“The club knows that I am here most of all because of Arsene Wenger. He is the one who signed me and he is the one whose trust I have. The club also knows that I want to be clear what the manager is going to [do in the future].”
While this was quoted by the German in January, Telegraph, a few days back, reported that the Turkish club Fenerbahce are looking to offer the 28-year-old an escape route.
Arsene Wenger, on his part, is quite vocal about the entire situation and back in December 2016, he said that neither of them will be sold until their contract runs out at the Emirates. But now, with Wenger’s future in immense scrutiny, everything will be a mess at Arsenal in the coming summer.
While talking to beIN Sports about Sanchez and Ozil, the Frenchman said:
“At the moment we have not got an agreement.
“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.”
“My job is to make 100 per cent of people happy,” Wenger said,
“If you look at where the club was when I arrived and where it is today, I think I’m quite proud of what I did for the club.
“After that we live in a period where people are very demanding, I can understand that but I know as well that.
“I have guided this club through very difficult periods with very, very, very limited resources and I managed always to get the best out of the team and that is what I will do as long as I’m at Arsenal Football Club.
“You can basically say if you don’t win the championship it is not a successful season, I understand that but take a club like Liverpool, they have never won the Premier League and they are a big club.
“That of course will be a disappointment not to win the championship, after that you have to go as far and do as well as you can.
“We play in a position at the moment where we have to finish as high as we can and then let other people judge. People judge your work. My job is not to judge. It is to produce and let other people judge.”