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Wenger rules out Sanchez and Ozil exits in January

LONDON: Arsene Wenger has ruled out January departures for Arsenal pair Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil unless “something unbelievable” happens even as the clock ticks down on their contracts. The players are out of contract at the end of the season as both have so far refused to sign new deals at the Emirates. Ozil has been linked with a move to Barcelona while Sanchez almost joined Manchester City on the final day of the summer transfer window, only for Arsenal to pull the plug when they failed to land Monaco’s Thomas…

My future is tied to Wenger’s, says Ozil

LONDON: Mesut Ozil wants Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s future to be cleared up before he commits himself to the club, the Germany playmaker indicated in a newspaper interview published on Sunday. Wenger, Arsenal’s manager for over 20 years, is out of contract at the end of the season and has pledged to make an announcement about his future “very soon”. Ozil is currently stalling over a new contract, with his existing deal due to expire in a year, and suggested he will not make a decision on his future until he knows…

Chelsea’s title to lose, says Arsenal’s Wenger

LONDON: Arsene Wenger believes the Premier League title is "Chelsea's to lose" and the Arsenal manager is ready to salute Antonio Conte's men should they surpass the Gunners' record of 14 consecutive top-flight victories. Chelsea lie six points clear of the field, nine ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal, and will strengthen their position further if they extend their club record winning streak to 13 by beating Stoke City on Saturday. "At the moment Chelsea are the super-favourites (for the title)," Wenger told a news…

Bad day at office, says Wenger, after City rout Arsenal

LONDON: There would have been mutterings of "I told you so" among those who doubted Arsenal's ability to stay the course in the title race as Manchester City hit top gear on Saturday. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sought to pass a crushing 6-3 defeat off as a bad day at the office, without any knock-on effects for what is to come in the title race. Yet Arsenal fans who have become used to seeing the wheels come off at various points of previous seasons will be crossing fingers that it is not a sign they are about to suffer…