Wenger: Sanchez and Ozil going nowhere

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says that he has no intention of allowing his two-star players to leave, and hopes that both will commit to new contracts soon.

With both Mesut Ozil and Alexi Sanchez's contracts at the Emirates expiring at the end of the upcoming season, and the club's absence from the 2017/18 Champions League, many expect the two to depart North London for any one of several destinations.

Speaking to beIN Sports, Wenger, fresh off negotiating a further two years on his own contract, expressed his intention to do what he can to ensure that this does not happen.

"This summer, first of all, they will stay at the club and hopefully we can extend their contract," Gunners' long-serving manager said.

"No," he repeated when again asked whether he expects the club to cash in on the pair. "You cannot weaken the club and weaken the team. You want to strengthen the team. Unless you find a player of the same calibre and if they absolutely want to leave," he added.

"I believe, at the moment, we're not on that front. We're focused on keeping the team together and to see how we can strengthen the team.

"When you sign a contract somewhere, you commit to give your best until the end of the last day of that contract. I would say 'why should they not give their best?'.

"The interest of any player is always to play football and well, even more so at the end of your contact. If you're a winner, you want to win the game you're playing," he added.

Wenger, who has come under severe pressure from fans and pundits following a season that may have seen them lift the FA Cup, but underperform in the Premier League, is expected to table a hefty bid for RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg in the coming weeks, either as an additional playmaking option or as possible replacement for Ozil.