Mesut Ozil admits he 'doesn't know' if Alexis Sanchez will be an Arsenal player next season

The 28-year-old is in the last 12 months of his contract with the Gunners and is wanted by Manchester City

Jack Austin
Wednesday 12 July 2017 11:35 BST
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Mesut Ozil has admitted he is unsure whether Arsenal teammate Alexis Sanchez will stay at the club this summer and has insisted it is up to the Chilean to decide what is best for him.

The Independent reported this week that Arsene Wenger was digging his heels in in the transfer market and is adamant he does not want to sell to a Premier League rival, and only an offer of more than £90m would persuade him to even consider it.

Sanchez is entering the final 12 months of his contract at the Emirates and it is understood that he is bracing himself to fulfil the remainder of his deal, despite wanting to move to Manchester City to reunite with former manager Pep Guardiola.

Ozil, like Sanchez, is also in the last year of his current deal, although after talks stalled last season is expected to sign an extension with the Gunners.

And while the German believes Arsenal’s Premier League aspirations would take a huge hit if Sanchez did leave, he admitted it is completely down to the player to make his decision.

“I hope Alexis stays but I don't know what the status is to be perfectly honest," he told Sky Sports. “But I value him a lot as a player and he's very well-suited to the game Arsenal play.

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

“It would hit the team quite hard if he left because he's a player who always delivers. It would be a setback to winning the title but, in the end, it's the player's decision.”

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