- Arsenal pair Ozil and Sanchez will see contracts expire next summer
- Gunners could opt to cash in during January window to avoid losing for free
- Monreal believes they’ll still be at Arsenal in second half of season
- READ MORE: Arsenal fans blast Tottenham after specific song during win over Dortmund in Champions League
Arsenal have a decision to make in the January transfer window, but according to Nacho Monreal, the expectation is that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will stay.
The key duo will see their contracts expire at the end of the season, and as of yet, there has been no indication that they’re ready to imminently reach an agreement on new terms.
As a result, Arsenal can either wait until the summer in the hope that they can convince them to stay and simultaneously run the risk of losing them for nothing, or they could opt to sell in January and at least bring in some transfer funds to replace them.
Although he isn’t privy to conversations higher up in the club, Monreal has revealed that the feeling is that neither will leave midway through the campaign and that they’ll see it through to help Arsenal reach their objectives for this season at least.
“Yes, the feeling is that they will continue,” he told IBTimes UK. “At no time have we talked about the possibility of them leaving. Not at all. They are committed to the group and we will see what happens.
“If the club want them to stay beyond December [the January transfer window] they will follow. Yet, I do not know the club’s intentions. It is other people who are the ones who have to make a decision.”
In an ideal world, Arsenal will get two of their best players in the current squad to agree on new terms and either stay longer, or at least get a fair transfer fee for both in the summer as they surely deserve criticism for letting the situation get to this point alone.
Instead, they could be getting the short-term benefits of keeping Sanchez and Ozil, but ultimately they’ll be the ones to lose out long-term if they walk away for free and depending on where they go, it could get worse if any of their Premier League rivals decide to swoop in.