The players are out of contract at the end of the season as both have so far refused to sign new deals at the Emirates.
Ozil has been linked with a move to Barcelona while Sanchez almost joined Manchester City on the final day of the summer transfer window, only for Arsenal to pull the plug when they failed to land Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as his replacement.
Wenger says he has no concerns over the commitment of the pair, with Sanchez scoring a last-gasp penalty as the Gunners won 1-0 at Burnley on Sunday to move into the Premier League top four.
Arsenal host Huddersfield on Wednesday, with Ozil likely to be missing because of the illness that ruled him out at Turf Moor but Wenger believes the influential pair will not be sold in January – even though they could then walk away from the club for free six months later.
The boss gave us the latest this morning… https://t.co/0ttEoFMtkF
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 28, 2017
“Yes, I rule it out,” Wenger said at his pre-match press conference when asked about potential departures.
“I do not think about that every day. At the moment, as long as they are here, they have to give their best for the team and for the club.
“In my head, they stay until the end of the season and that’s a decision that was taken at the start of the season. Unless something unbelievable happens, I can’t see why that would change.”
However, Wenger could not offer Arsenal supporters assurances that either player would be tempted to sign new deals and extend their stays beyond 2018.
“They’re into the final year of their contract,” he said. “Will they stay longer? That’s impossible to answer today because I don’t know. They have a contract until the end of the season.
“I am not the only one who can decide that. They have a part to play in that as well. If it’s my decision, yes (they would stay longer).”
Another player whose contract expires at the end of the season is England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been restricted to just three substitute appearances in the Premier League.
“He’s a football man and I will always decide what is best for him. That is my first priority no matter what kind of decision I make,” Wenger said. “I have to consider the interests of Jack Wilshere and Arsenal football Club together.”
The boss has been talking about @JackWilshere…
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 28, 2017
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Efforts continue at Goodison Park to bring SAM ALLARDYCE in to steady the ship, the Daily Mail reports. Everton bosses are said to have invited the former England manager for further talks after he snubbed their advances earlier in November. Allardyce reportedly caught wind that, despite the Toffees’ overtures, the club’s hierarchy were really interested in Watford boss Marco Silva. Everton chiefs are now reported to have conceded defeat in their attempts to bring in the Portuguese manager. However, following continued losses, Everton are likely to be keen to replace caretaker manager David Unsworth, who stepped in following the sacking of Ronald Koeman in October.
West Brom are expected to confirm ALAN PARDEW is their new manager in the next 24 hours, according to The Sun. The former Crystal Palace boss revealed he had held talks with Albion officials, who are reported to have offered him a £1million bonus if he keeps them in the Premier League. Interim manager Gary Megson will oversee proceedings against Newcastle on Tuesday night – with Pardew expected to be in the stands ahead of an announcement after the game.
Chelsea may have the chance to sign Borussia Dortmund striker PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG in January, according to the Daily Mirror. The Blues and a number of other clubs are said to have been put on notice that the Gabon international will be up for grabs during the winter transfer season. The 28-year-old’s relationship with the Bundesliga side is said to have broken down, although he has scored 17 times in 19 games so far this season.
Arsenal midfielder MESUT OZIL is said to be demanding a golden hello if he is to sign for Barcelona in January, the Daily Mirror reports. Spanish media report that the Germany international is pushing for a sizeable signing on bonus to secure his services and talks have taken place between club representatives and his people. Because Ozil, 29, is out of contract at the Emirates in summer Barca may be able to seal the deal for a reported £30million sum.
Jose Mourinho is after four left-footed players in the transfer window to balance his side’s attack, the Manchester Evening News reports. Tottenham left-back DANNY ROSE, Atletico Madrid forward ANTOINE GRIEZMANN, injured Real Madrid winger GARETH BALE and Arsenal’s OZIL are said to be on the £200 million target list. Should they go for all four it would eclipse their record £152 million spend under Louis van Gaal in 2014. Mourinho has expressed reservations over the lack of creativity in his squad, although left players Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young have played well.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
Angel Gomes: The 17-year-old Manchester United midfielder is said to be a target for Borussia Dortmund after deal talks at Old Trafford stalled, The Sun reports.
Kurtis Cumberbatch: The 22-year-old Harrow Borough midfielder is being chased by a string of clubs including Brentford, Bolton, Oxford, Northampton and Bristol Rovers after attracting attention from Nottingham Forest, the Daily Star reports.
The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.
Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Monday.
Will any of the following deals happen?
Let us know your thoughts.
There’s definitely truth in Aubameyang looking for a move away and Sturridge eager for more playing time. The Dortmund striker probably has one big move in him and now is the time for it given his current status and good form.
Liverpool should be able to match his expectations and Jurgen Klopp would no doubt salivate at the prospect of a lightning quick trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Aubameyang in attack.
Victor Lindelof may have had a tough start to like at Old Trafford but Jose Mourinho always expected him to struggle in his first season and won’t be discarding him this early. With Phil Jones’ form, Chris Smalling stepping in at times and a young Alex Tuanzebe waiting in the wings, there’s really no need for United to splurge on Gimenez, especially while they boast the best defensive record in the league.
While Barcelona could certainly do with another midfielder, they’re unlike to move for an unproven talent like Arthur who has scored one goal and assisted another in 38 Brazilian league games.