Wenger pauses Özil and Alexis contract talks

23 Mars, 2017, 02:41 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • Wenger pauses Özil and Alexis contract talks

Arsenal now expect to be without the 34-year-old for up to four weeks, with David Ospina set to deputise between the sticks for league matches against Manchester City, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough. He's in the midst of a turbulent time as Arsenal's coach and it just might be the right time for a Premier League coach to finally test his mettle in MLS.

"Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons I joined Arsenal". If Arsène Wenger is indeed leaving Arsenal at the end of the season (hint: he's not), four losses in five games- including this weekend's shambolic 3-1 loss to West Brom- could definitely be seen as going out on his back.

Speaking to beIN Sport about the talks, Wenger confirmed: "At the moment we have not got an agreement". No matter long I will stay I will be committed and completely focussed as long as I stay at the club.

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However, German outlet Bild state Arsenal have made an approach to Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel about succeeding Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium and it certainly raises an exciting opportunity for the Gunners.

"It's not [the end of the world], not any more". The Turkish international is a proven winner. Mesut Ozil has admitted it's one of the reasons he hasn't signed a new contract.

"A contract with PSG?" said Wenger on Tuesday, "I formally deny that".

He also likened the Frenchman to a "dictator" during a heated debate on Monday night with John Collins, the former Celtic and Fulham midfielder.

Wenger has made himself a distraction by waiting this long to make up his mind, and now it appears there was no good reason for the wait - aside from the hope that the mood among fans would eventually swing around in his favour.

Like a lot of other soccer writers, I'm anxious to figure out when exactly it's safe to call the Premier League title race over. You can read those quotes here.

Alexis Sanchez took full part in Chile training again on Wednesday, stripping down to just his shorts as he continues to overcome a 'terrible' ankle injury.

But that looks much less likely if Wenger remains in charge.