News ID: 205151
Published: 0322 GMT November 28, 2017

Wenger rules out selling Sanchez, Ozil in January

Wenger rules out selling Sanchez, Ozil in January
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Arsène Wenger for the first time explicitly ruled out the possibility of selling either Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil in January, saying both players would remain at Arsenal until the end of the season “unless something unbelievable happens”.

Asked about the players’ futures on Tuesday, Wenger said, “I’m not the only one who can decide that. They have a say in that as well,” the Guardian reported.

A few minutes later he was asked if he could, in fact, rule out a mid-season departure. “Yeah, I rule it out,” he said.

“Look, I do not think every day about that. As long as they are here they have to give their best for the team and for the club. In my head, they stay until the end of the season. That’s the decision I took at the start of the season. Unless something unbelievable happens there’s no reason why that should change.

Both players’ contracts expire at the end of this season; Sanchez came close to joining Manchester City in August and continues to be linked with the Citizens, while on Monday the former Arsenal striker Ian Wright said Ozil’s rumoured move to Manchester United come July is “a shoo-in”.

However, Wenger insisted that no moves will take place until next summer.

“In press conference you’re always confronted with many speculations,” he said. “For me, they stay until the end of the season. That’s what I decided at the start of the season. Will they stay longer? That’s impossible to answer today. I don’t know.”

Arsenal goes into tonight’s game against Huddersfield fourth in the table and with a 100 percent home league record that runs back to a 2-2 draw against Manchester City on April 2, 11 consecutive home victories ago.

The Gunners then host Manchester United on Saturday, a fixture on which Wenger said he currently has “zero eyes”.

“We have a good chance tomorrow to take three points at home and that is the only thing that matters,” he said. “We can deal with the rest after this game.”

Huddersfield travels south having played a high-intensity match against Manchester City on Sunday, which it eventually lost 2-1, but Wenger said he did not expect his opponent to be physically enfeebled as a result.

“It’s a massive game for me,” Wenger said. “I watched their game against Manchester City, they didn’t deserve to lose that game.

“These teams come from hell, they have to play 46 games in the Championship to get out of that. So when you play them you have to be ready for a fight. Especially in their first season, promoted teams have that kind of fighting spirit that makes them dangerous to any team they come up against.”

   
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