Wenger remains hopeful over Ozil and Sanchez

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Arsene Wenger has reiterated that he believes Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will stay at Arsenal, although he also admitted it is “possible” they will be sold in January.

Both players are in the final year of their contract and no agreement over a new deal has been reached, leading to speculation over their futures.

Speaking at a press conference, Gunners boss Wenger said the club are “not close to agreeing anything” and he did not rule out the duo being sold if that remains the case when the transfer window is open.

However, when asked about Ozil’s agent suggesting that contract talks are progressing, Wenger said: “That’s my understanding, yes.

“I have always said that just because we didn’t have an agreement this year doesn’t mean they will leave.

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“Both players look happy here and I am hopeful it can be turned around.”

Wenger suggested that Jack Wilshere could also have a future at Arsenal.

Asked if the England midfielder needed to leave in order to have a realistic chance of playing in next year’s World Cup, Wenger said: “I don’t think so. I believe Jack at the moment is in the best form I’ve seen for some time. He is in the form to be considered like everyone else.

“He doesn’t necessarily have to leave if he wants to go to the World Cup. I think if he plays like he is then he will go to the World Cup.

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“You (England) have plenty good players but he is maybe the only number 10.”

Wenger also denied reports that an agreement has been reached with Ajax for former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars to return to the club as director of football.

“Not at the moment. He is director at Ajax, we have always been in touch, but at the moment no,” Wenger said.

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