Arsene Wenger has ruled out selling Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil in January “unless something unbelievable happens.”
Wenger had earlier opened the door for a possible January sale by saying it was “possible” the club would try to cash in on the duo rather than allowing them to leave for free when their contracts expire in the summer.
However, he told a news conference on Tuesday that neither player will leave in the winter transfer window.
“Yes, I rule it out,” Wenger said ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League game against Huddersfield Town. “For me, they stay until the end of the season — that’s what I decided at the start of the season. They go into the final year of their contract.
“Will they stay longer? That’s impossible to answer today because I don’t know.”
Wenger similarly ruled out selling either player in the summer, only to change his mind on Sanchez in the final days of the transfer window. However, a £60 million deal with Manchester City fell through on deadline day when Arsenal failed to bring in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as a replacement.
The Arsenal boss left room for manoeuvre when pressed on the issue, saying: “I do not think every day about [their futures] at the moment.
“As long as they are here, they have to give their best for the team and for the club. In my head, they stay until the end of the season.
“Unless something unbelievable happens, I don’t think it should change.”