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Arsenal's Wenger not worried by Sanchez, Ozil speculation

Published:Saturday | December 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not worried about speculation surrounding his star duo of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and does not expect their contract situation to affect performance.

Both players have just over a year remaining on their current deals with the North London club, and some sections of the media have reported that the two are pushing the club to match the figures earned by the Premier League's other top names.

Sanchez is reportedly expected to be offered a mega-deal from the cash-rich Chinese Super League, with claims that former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is now in charge of Hebei China Fortune, is ready to make a move for his fellow Chilean, with wages as high as £500,000 a week.

"There is no concern, not at all. There is no concern. I answer you straight away," said Wenger when asked if he was worried that he might lose his two stars.

"You waste your time because these players have 18 months (left on their) contract, and I don't see why there is any urgency in every press conference to have that question. Maybe you lack a bit of creativity in the newspapers and you always come up with the same subject. I don't see why that should turn up in every press conference," Wenger added.

"If people want to go to China, they go to China. You can understand that I have completely different worries than China today ahead of the Manchester City game."

Arsenal have the financial ability to pay Sanchez and Ozil what they are asking for, even if it means breaking the club's wage structure after years of being unable to compete with Europe's richest teams.

Ahead of the team's clash this weekend, Arsenal have actually lost quite a few of their better players to Manchester City, who have not had any issue with paying out big wages while Arsenal focused on balancing their books after their move to the Emirates.

Players such as Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Bacary Sagna have all moved to City from Arsenal.

"It has reduced, but it is still there," Wenger said when asked if the financial gap between the two clubs had lessened.

"We are not (as vulnerable) because today, I feel we can give financial satisfaction and support ambitions and values that can make the players happy at this club. Before, perhaps the financial gap was too big a difference to keep our players. We could not compete. we had to sell players," Wenger reasoned.