As Arsenal fans pine over the future of manager Arsene Wenger, the Frenchman has stoked more uncertainty at the club by revealing that contract negotiations with star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have been put on hold.
Speaking to beIN Sports Wednesday, Wenger, who has come under immense pressure this season, remained coy over his future, saying he would remain committed and “completely focused” for as long as he stayed.
And he wasn’t any more forthcoming on the delicate issue of contracts for top scorer Sanchez, and star playmaker Ozil who both have just one year left on their present deals, SuperSport writes.
“At the moment we have not got an agreement,” Wenger said of Sanchez, who is currently on international duty with Chile and has been tipped to leave the Emirates in the summer.
“We have decided to focus on the end of the season and talk about it during the summer. It is the same situation with Ozil, because… once you don’t find an agreement and it lasts, it is not good.
“So it is better you get it out and sit down during the summer.”
Despite a reversal of fortunes at the club that’s seen them slip to sixth in the league after losing four of their last six games in all competitions, including a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Wenger believes it’s not as bad as critics point out.
“We suffer a lot at the moment but as well when you take a little distance and put things into perspective, we are two games behind and (have) the semifinal of the (FA) Cup to prepare against Manchester City,” he said on Wednesday.
“So our season will be decided on how well we respond now to the difficult period we have had.”
The 67-year-old Frenchman was forced into a decision on his future after the embarrassing 3-1 defeat at West Brom last weekend, telling journalists: “I know what I will do. You will soon know.”