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18th Nov 2017

Arsene Wenger under no illusions as he offers update on Sanchez and Ozil

The Arsenal boss was asked if Saturday's result would convince them to stay

Darragh Murphy

It’s not been easy being an Arsenal fan recently but Saturday will definitely be celebrated as one of the good days.

The Gunners claimed a much-needed 2-0 victory over North London rivals Spurs who, for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s tenure, finished above Arsenal in the Premier League last season.

Some pundits have suggested that Spurs are now the bigger team of the two but Arsenal supporters received some welcome bragging rights this weekend with the win against their noisy neighbours.

Mesut Ozil enjoyed one of his best ever games in an Arsenal shirt while Alexis Sanchez scored his side’s second of the afternoon.

The future of the pair of contract rebels remains up in the air, with the deals of both up at the end of the season.

Ozil has reportedly been offered an improved weekly wage of £250,000 while £300,000 a week is on the table for Sanchez.

Both players have been linked with moves away from the Emirates in January but, given the importance of Saturday’s result, it was put to Wenger that the duo might have been persuaded to stay put.

“I’m long enough in the job that I know that [one game] is not enough [to make them sign],” Wenger told the Evening Standard. “The quality of the contract has to be good and enough for them.

“I am convinced they love the club, they love the team. The rest will be decided. When? I don’t really know. I alone cannot master that.

“Is it just the quality of the contract? No. It’s part of it. The whole thing has to be right.

“They have to be happy. They want to stay but as well other top clubs out there offer good contracts as well.”