Wenger: Sanchez and Ozil going nowhere

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims that "no matter what happens" Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will see out their contracts with the North London club.

The Gunners are in the process of negotiating extensions to the contracts of 10 first team players, including both Ozil and Sanchez.

The pair have been the driving force behind Arsenal's early season form that has seen them rise to second in the Premier League and qualify top of their Champions League group.

With the January transfer window looming, the inevitable speculation has begun to appear with Chelsea reported interesting in Sanchez, while it has also been suggested that Ozil's wage demands mean he will be unlikely to sign a new deal.

However, Wenger is adamant that neither player is going anywhere until their current deals expire in a year and a half.

"These players have 18 months on their contracts and, no matter what happens, they will stay for 18 months," said Wenger. "Hopefully they’ll stay for longer than that.

"I can’t give any assurances, but they are completely committed. Beyond that we will try to extend the contracts but I cannot make a subject of that.

"That’s a normal part of negotiating. The less you talk about it the better it is. We will do the maximum we can for every single player.

"Arsenal is a big club. It is not one or two players who will make the difference to the club.

"The importance is that we are today in a strong financial position – that was not the case before. That means as well we are in a position where we can plan our future and do what we want to do.

"And what is important is always to take care of the values of the club and the identity of the club and not to depend too much on one or two players. The history of Arsenal is bigger than that."