Wenger reveals Alexis and Ozil contract plans

The Arsenal stars both see their deals at the Emirates Stadium expire in 2018, which is why their coach is not in a huge rush to hand them extended offers yet

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal are yet to open contract negotiations with star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil but that they will begin in earnest in 2016.

Ozil has been the Gunners’ standout performer in 2015-16 following a slow start to his career at the Emirates Stadium, where he has resided since his club record move from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

Former Barcelona forward Alexis, on the other hand, was an immediate star for Arsenal as he scored 25 goals en route to FA Cup success and a third-place finish in the Premier League last season.

Although neither players’ contracts expire until June 2018, some Arsenal fans could fear they are high-profile departure risks if they are not tied down with new and improved deals in the near future.

Wenger is in no rush to open negotiations with Ozil and Alexis, though, and he says such talks are likely to start in the latter half of the current campaign ahead of the summer transfer window.

“We have not started to talk about that with Mesut Ozil,” Wenger told reporters on Thursday. “With Sanchez it is the same situation.

“At the end of the year they have two and a half years on their contracts and we have some time. We are not in a hurry and we of course want them to stay.

“We will start the negotiations at some stage but at this point we have not started. From the new year to the summer we will certainly start it with all the players who have two years to go at the end of the season.”

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