By Oladipupo Mojeed
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is hopeful that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will extend their stay at the club by signing new deals.
Wenger said he would rather keep Alexis for the final year of his contract than sell him – and especially not to a Premier League rival.
The Frenchman stated this at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League game against champions Leicester City at Emirates stadium.
“The problem as well that you have to analyse, always, firstly, is: can you find better and for what kind of money? The inflation is so big that sometimes today even mathematically there can be advantages to keep a player until the end of a contract.
“But I personally think he will sign and stay here. First of all, he is happy here. His desire is as well to stay. That is what I deeply believe. The disagreements are more purely contractual. Not on the desire. Both parties have the desire to find an agreement, so I think it will happen.”
Comparing Alexis situation with Van Persie
The North Londoners sold Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012 but Wenger says the Alexis situation is different.
“I let Van Persie go in the last year of his contract because Van Persie was 29, going on 30, and he was signing a long-term contract. That is not the case with Alexis. Alexis is 28. So that is a bit different.
“I don’t think that you would sell him to any Premier League club, that is for sure. Because you want to be as strong as you can be, and not strengthen the other teams.
“But I just told you that I think Alexis will stay here and sign a contract. You are in your job [in the media] where you are always painting the most dreadful situation. But we are not necessarily in that situation.”
When asked about the midfielder, Mesut Ozil, the Frenchman said “It will be similar. It will all be decided in the summer.”