Arsene Wenger: Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil could leave Arsenal in January

Arsene Wenger: Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil could leave Arsenal in January
From ESPN - October 12, 2017

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger says Arsenal could cash in on Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez by selling them in January if there has not been a breakthrough in contract talks before then.

Sanchez and Ozil have both entered the final year of their contracts and Wenger told his news conference on Thursday morning it is "possible" they could be sold during the winter transfer window.

When asked whether he would contemplate a January sale, Wenger said: "Once you are in our kind of situation, you envisage every solution, yes. It's possible."

Sources told ESPN FC last month that Manchester City would consider reviving their interest in Sanchez in January, while a source told ESPN FC this week that Arsenal have yet to reopen talks over a contract extension with Ozil, although the Germany international remains open to a stay.

Wenger confirmed that the club is nowhere close to a deal with Ozil but remained hopeful that both he and Sanchez will still sign extensions.

"I always said that the fact that we did not find an agreement last year does not mean that the player will necessarily leave -- because both players look happy here," he said. "Overall I hope that the situation can be turned around."

Ozil is back in team training this week after a knee inflammation and is available for Saturday's Premier League game at Watford, while Sanchez will not be back at the club until Friday after returning late from Chile's World Cup qualifier against Brazil.

Sanchez will be dealing with both fatigue and the disappointment of missing out on next summer's tournament in Russia, and Wenger said he will have to gauge the player's physical and mental state before deciding whether to play him at Watford.

"I will have to speak to him," Wenger said. "It was a very physical game [against Brazil]. Mentally I will have to assess the situation when he comes back tomorrow."

But Wenger said that Sanchez's disappointment will not have a long-term effect on his commitment to Arsenal this season.


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