Ozil could stay at Arsenal, but Sanchez likely to leave

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One rumour is that Mkhitaryan could be used as a potential makeweight in a deal for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, a player Mourinho called " phenomenal " on Friday.

However, United need the 28-year-old while Eric Bailly deals with injury and Phil Jones remains brittle.

Wenger sounded optimistic that a breakthrough could be imminent in contract talks with Ozil, saying he feels more confident now than in the summer that a deal could be reached with the German.

You see it a lot when a player has six months to go on his contract and all of a sudden he turns into Lionel Messi.

"There is still an opportunity for [Ozil] to stay". I want to be focused on what we have to do on the field.

Arsene Wenger is likely to sell his star attacker in January only after securing a replacement, with Monaco's Thomas Lemar and Brazilian forward Malcolm his top targets.

And with Leonardo Cornacini of Elenko Sports - an agency representing Bordeaux talent Malcom, the player Arsenal are said to want to replace Alexis - in London, things seem to be happening.

Lacazette has now gone nearly 10 hours without finding the back of the net for Arsenal
Lacazette has now gone nearly 10 hours without finding the back of the net for Arsenal

A host of top English clubs including league leaders Manchester City and their domestic rivals Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Chile worldwide, though the Blues boss has now confirmed that the Londoners will not be part of this. Incidentally he's won trophies with us.

Arsenal have a raft of footballers, such as Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, who will be out of contract at the end of next season, even if Wenger is not in a rush to have them sign as soon as possible.

"It's both, always. These guys want to win, and they want to make money as well", Wenger said. He said whether he is in charge or somebody else is, one can only do what's best for the club.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has urged the Premier League champions to complete the signing of Alexis Sanchez this month.

"So what is the player's calculation?" I don't know, I don't know how I can answer you. But there are so many games - so everyone is going to get games.

Sanchez is still mostly interested to join Manchester City, but the league leaders unwilling to pay around £35 million may curtail his chances to rejoin with former manager Pep Guardiola.

The German is set to be waiting on the clubs long-term plan before making a decision.

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