They say no news is good news, but that definitely doesn’t apply when it comes to convincing Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to stay at Arsenal.
Gunners fans have endured an anxious wait to see if their two star players will be committing their futures to the club.
With both asking for over £200,000 a week, it’s no surprise that officials are unwilling to budge.
What is concerning, however, is that Arsene Wenger has confirmed that there is still no movement on the pair’s new deals – which suggests no progress is being made.
“We have had to face a lot of wrong information but we can not give anything else,” the Frenchman said, per the Sun.
“There is nothing new.”
Sanchez continues to be linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, with the two Shanghai clubs SIPG and Shenhua recently snaring big names Oscar and Carlos Tevez respectively.
Ozil, meanwhile, is more likely to reunite with old club Real Madrid, who won their appeal against a transfer ban.
This is the speculation being put about, and it’s presumably what Wenger is referring to when he talks about “wrong information”.
Until either player comes out and says they are staying, though, this is bound to continue.
Wenger is acting as though this isn’t an urgent matter, but Sanchez and Ozil are only guaranteed to be in north London for another 18 months. If their contracts are left until the summer, they’ll be available on the cheap with just a year left.
That means the club could have to cash in this January if they begin to realise they are not going to come to an agreement with their representatives, and it could yet have a huge impact on their title hopes.