Arsenal contract talks confirmed at last – But will they sign?

There’s been plenty of debate surrounding the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil because although it was believed the pair may have been considering their futures at the club at the start of the summer, it is now led to be believed that both the Chilean and the German wish to extend their contracts with the Gunners.

It was understood earlier this summer that Alexis Sanchez was reportedly growing frustrated with Arsenal for showing a lack of intent in the transfer market. Since Alexis joined the club he has of course won a single FA Cup and the Community Shield, but he was unable to help Arsenal to silverware last season. Having been a winner wherever he has played, Arsenal’s supposed lack of ambition had begun to frustrate the Chilean international, but after being given the number 7 shirt, which shows his importance to the team, as well as more intent in the transfer window with the signings of Xhaka, Lucas and Mustafi, it now seems that Alexis is keen to stride forward with Arsenal and hopefully sign a new contract in the process.

More likely to sign a new contract extension in my opinion, is German international Mesut Ozil. Ozil has learnt to love everything about the club and has already spoke about his intent to get negotiations underway with the Gunners now that the season has started again. Ozil clearly has intentions of winning major honours with Arsenal and considering this season is now his fourth campaign with the club, the star man will have to sign a new contract soon.

Speaking on the matter before Arsenal’s Champions League clash with PSG, a team which has many stars names in their line-up, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger officially confirmed that the Gunners are set to begin contractual negotiations with the pair. Wenger said: “[Regarding] Ozil and Sanchez, we will start to talk for their extensions.”

It may be a little line from the manager, but it is more than satisfying for a fan to hear. The pair’s contracts were supposedly running out in 24 months time, whilst reports have now suggested that they may both extend until the year 2021. Let’s hope that both Alexis and Ozil remain at Arsenal for many years to come, because these are the types of players that are going to help the Gunners raise our level of ambition and with any luck, return Arsenal to ways of challenging for major honours every season.


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