Wenger: Sanchez, Ozil are staying

As the January transfer window looms, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has come out to dismiss claims that Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil will be leaving the club.

Reports in British media suggest in-form Chilean forward Sanchez has been tempted away from the Gunners with a mammoth £400,000-per-week deal to switch to the Chinese Super League and that Wenger would sell Mesut Ozil in order to afford keeping Sanchez at the Emirates Stadium.

However, the Frenchman has denied the rumours by stating neither of the players are for sale and with both holding contracts that run until 2018, they won't be leaving before that.

"I can give no assurances on their Arsenal future, but 18 months is quite long in football," Wenger told reporters.

"They are completely committed and try to do well. We are trying to extend their contract. But when you negotiate, the less you talk about it, the better it is.

"Players like Ozil and Alexis make a lot of money and have the privilege to make a choice where they want to play. We will do anything to get them to extend.

"I believe there could be a big offer for Alexis from China, but why would he go to China if he plays in England?

"We will not sell Ozil. They will definitely stay for 18 months and hopefully for much longer. I will not consider selling them at the end of the season."

He added: "Contract talks are part of the job. It has always been difficult. When the players are high-profile names, you get asked the same things over and over again.

"But that does not affect the speed of negotiations or decision making. Sometimes things go really fast and sometimes they take a bit longer. Talks will not have any effect on the dressing room. That is not a problem."

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