Arsene Wenger has cast more doubt over the Arsenal futures of contract rebels Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez after admitting that all contract talks are on hold until the summer.
Wenger, whose own future has been under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks, admitted that all focus at the Emirates Stadium is solely aimed at ensuring a top-four finish, which is looking a little more in doubt after their 3-1 defeat at West Brom at the weekend.
The Frenchman told beIN Sports: “At the moment we have not got an agreement. We have decided to focus on the end of the season and talk about it in the summer.
“It is the same situation with Ozil because once you don’t find an agreement and it [the negotiation] lasts, it is not good so it is better you get it out and sit down in the summer.”
The Daily Telegraph claims that Ozil has already rejected the offer of a new deal worth over £200,000 a week and is ready to push for a move if Wenger stays.
Sanchez is the target of interest from abroad, with Paris St Germain and Juventus both keen.
Wenger remained coy about his own future, adding: “My news is that I have no news for you.
“No matter how long I stay I will be committed and completely focused as long as I stay at the club, so how long I stay doesn’t really matter because as long as I’m there I’m completely focused on what is to achieve the best with the club.
“At the moment we are going through a difficult period with the results so I think it is much more important to focus to get it right again.
“We suffer a lot at the moment but when you take a little distance and put into perspective, we have two games behind, we are two games behind and in the semi-final of the cup to prepare against Manchester City so our season will be decided on how well we respond now to the difficult period we have had.”
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75