Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger backs Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for Gunners stay

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will have one year left on his contract in the summer.

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez's contract at Arsenal will run down in 2018 Reuters

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be at the Emirates beyond the summer transfer window.

The Chilean international left Barcelona and made a switch to north London in 2014, a year later the World Cup winner with Germany signed for the Gunners from Real Madrid. The two players were handed new deals earlier this season, only to then to reject the club's offer.

Sanchez and Ozil will have one year left on their contract in the summer and have been linked with a move away from their current employers. Arsenal boss admitted that the talks over contract extension will resume after the end of the season and Wenger is positive that the club can find an agreement with the former La Liga duo.

"I personally believe both of them want to stay. I hope the club will find an agreement with them," Wenger said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

"Once you go into the final two or three months of the season, everybody is focused on the season. You give yourself a moment to relax.

"He [Ozil] is in contention to start again. He played 20 minutes against Azerbaijan. He has worked very hard this week."

The Premier League football returns after two weeks of international break as Arsenal take on Manchester City in their next clash. Sanchez and Ozil represented their national sides during the break and the former was the star player for Chile as they registered a 3-0 win over Paraguay.

Following the match Sanchez expressed his desire to stay in London and play for a team that has a winning mentality. The former Barcelona ace's comments led to speculation that he could swap Arsenal for Chelsea, who are also based in London.

However, Wenger says Sanchez's comments were positive and remains his future is not an immediate concern for Arsenal.

"You have to be cautious when they give interviews in their home country. The interpretation is not always correct," he stressed.

"In a positive way, there's only one team in London, so he's happy. He wants to win the championship, that's what everybody wants.

"I have not a lot to add. I think he's happy here. We have not extended his contract, I hope he will stay at the club. It happened before when we had to sell our best players. But that's not the case any more. He has one and half years contract. I don't think it is an immediate concern for Arsenal."