Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez’s contract extensions will not happen until summer at the earliest, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said earlier today. That would leave both players with only 12 months remaining on their contracts, which would force Arsenal’s hand at selling knowing they simply cannot start the 2017-18 season with either of them on the roster without an extension signed.
After all, the very last thing Arsenal would allow is for Özil and Alexis to talk freely with any club they desire starting next January, courtesy of the Bosman ruling, which the club has not allowed a significant player of theirs to take advantage of in recent history.
As noted yesterday, there might actually be a very real scenario in place where Özil desires to leave Arsenal but none of the so-called big clubs in Europe want him, whereas Alexis and his goal-scoring abilities would attract attention from others. Personally I don’t believe that Özil is not in demand so much as other clubs are probably hesitant to pay the rumored wage he’s asking from Arsenal (and, maybe, neither of those cases are true and someone from inside the club decided to leak that sort of narrative to the press to strengthen their bargaining position).
Given what we know about the players, the club, how they operate, and their burning desire to ultimately not lose out on cashing in on assets, expect one of two things to happen this summer: contract extensions for one or both players (unlikely) or Özil and Alexis’ eventual sales (likely).