Sanchez departure would be big set back for Arsenal

Mesut Ozil is hopeful that Alexis Sanchez sticks around at Arsenal.

Mesut Ozil has expressed his feelings stating he wants to stay at Arsenal – and is hoping Alexis Sanchez will as well.

Speaking to reporters at Arsenal’s kit launch in Australia Ozil said that his “preference” is still to remain at the club.

Ozil and Sanchez are both out of contract next summer with Manchester City keen to bring Sanchez north.

Of the two, Sanchez has always looked more likely to leave this summer, although Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he will not be sold.

Ozil wants the Chilean to stay admitting his departure would be a major setback to their title challenge next season.

Ozil said: “It would hit the team quite hard if he left because he’s a player who always delivers,” said Ozil, who is yet to commit his own future beyond next summer. “It would be a setback to winning the title, but in the end it’s the player’s decision.

“I hope Alexis stays but I don’t know what the status is, to be honest. I value him a lot as a player and he’s very well suited to the game Arsenal play.

“From a personal view I’d really appreciate if he stays, but it’s the player’s decision after all and there’s not much more I can comment on that.”


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