Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that the club will try their best to retain superstars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
The two players, Arsenal’s biggest stars, have been linked with reports that a Chinese club was ready to pay Alexis £400,000 a week.
“Why should you go to China when you are playing in England?” Wenger asked rhetorically during his press conference on Thursday ahead of the weekend Premier League clash with Stoke.
“We live in a world where the great players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil earn a lot of money and have the privilege to choose where they want to play.
“The commitment of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil is absolute total and I’m very pleased with that. We are professionals and the first quality is to give 100%, it is here and now, that is what it means to be professional and to be fully committed to the cause.”
“Eighteen months is quite long in football. They have 18 months on their contracts and are completely committed to do well as long as they are here,” says Wenger during his pre-match conference.
“Beyond that we will try to extend their contracts but I can’t make that a subject of every press conference as that is normal. These players have 18 months, they will be staying 18 months and hopefully much longer. I don’t believe that it is a problem.
“A contract is between two parties and on my side the best position is to achieve it early. You have to accept that negotiations are private and secret and we don’t have to explain what we do with negotiations.”
“Like always we will do the maximum of what we can for every single player.”
Arsenal have not lost in the Premier League since the first weekend of the season, but Wenger still wants his side to improve at home.
“We are playing well, but have plenty of room for improvement and we want to develop as a team,” Wenger added.
“I feel the team is on the way up, but we have to show that we can improve and have a desire to improve. Stoke is another challenge for us, we can reset and refocus and continue our development.
“Our chances created are clearer and cleaner and we create quality chances but that is what we want to create at home. Away, we play with freedom and at home we need to let the handbrake go, play with full flow and score more goals.”
On his side’s recent performances, he said: “We have a good team dynamic and team spirit, we have more maturity.The Premier League is very open, very interesting and there are many big games but we are in the middle of the fight and have a chance. December is a very important month for us. We have big games but overall I’m happy with the way we have behaved and the consistency of our desire.”