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Arsenal could have fire sale of stars

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger says he might have to sell star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window.

They are off contract at the end of the season and are yet to agree new deals.

As things stand, they will be able to leave the Emirates Stadium for free, meaning January will be Arsenal's last opportunity to cash in on the Gunners' two most high- profile players.

"It is possible," Wenger said this week. "Once you're in our kind of situation, we have envisaged every solution, yes."

Wengner said Arsenal, who travel to Watford today, had not set a deadline for contract negotiations with the pair to be concluded.

Chile forward Sanchez, 28, joined Arsenal from Barcelona in July 2014, a year after 28-year-old Germany playmaker Ozil's arrival from Real Madrid.

The signings electrified Arsenal's fan base, but for all their quality, the duo so far has been unable to end the club's 14-year wait for the Premier League title.

Sanchez has been linked with major clubs such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Ozil is reported to have attracted interest from Manchester United.

Earlier this week, Ozil's agent, Erkut Sogut, indicated talks with Arsenal were progressing positively.

"That's my understanding, yes," Wenger said.

"Both players look happy here and I hope the situation can be turned around."

News Corp Australia


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