It is press conference day ahead of tomorrows crucial Arsenal v Chelsea clash at the Emirates so Arsene Wenger has been having his usual questions from the media. Other than being a vital clash in our race to reach the Top Four this season, it is also our first game of the winter transfer window, and as always the questioning comes around to what will happen to our two great contract rebels, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, and whether they will still be with us at the end of January.
First of all, the boss was asked if he had received any offers for his two stars, and he responded: “No, we have not been contacted by anyone.”
Then he was asked specifically what he would do if he lost Alexis, and he said: “This club has lost many big players and responded well.
“But you want to keep your best players.”
So will Arsenal be doing any business in this transfer window? “This will depend as well on the players out of contract in June.
“We have to take that and respond to it.
“We have not lost them yet and [if we do] we will respond by bringing in players of top quality.
“We have not been contacted by anybody.”
That is a brave statement from Wenger, especially if Alexis is sold this month. Where will he find another player of Sanchez’s quality and persuade him to move to Arsenal this month? And how many trillions would such a player cost? Would he really sell him now?