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.
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.
Chinese trade with North Korea dropped 50 percent last month
China is North Korea's only major ally and economic benefactor, accounting for some 90 percent of the regime's external trade. China reported earlier that its imports from North Korea plunged 33 percent past year - and 81.6 percent in December.