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Friday 24 November 2017

Ozil is Gunner stay but Sanchez doubts remain

Arsenal’s (l-r) Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Alex Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal pose in their third strip in front of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Reuters
Arsenal’s (l-r) Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Alex Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal pose in their third strip in front of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Reuters

Mesut Ozil has revealed it is "definitely my preference to stay" at Arsenal.

Like Alexis Sanchez, who has been linked with a move to Manchester City during the summer transfer window, German playmaker Ozil is entering the final year of his current contract.

The 28-year-old, signed from Real Madrid in September 2013, maintains he is hopeful of being able to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Ozil said: "It is definitely my preference to stay. It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal.

"Once everyone is back in London we will sit down and discuss about the future.

"For now the most important thing is our pre-season and getting through the tour, training and getting fitness. When I'm back in London, we will sit down and discuss."

Chile forward Sanchez said during the Confederations Cup in Russia he knew where he would be playing next season but stopped short of announcing his plans.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claims Sanchez has not told him he wants to leave the Emirates Stadium. City are reportedly ready to offer the former Barcelona forward wages of some £400k a week.

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