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Date set for Arsenal duo to decide their futures at the club

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Arsenal could be close to selling both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, according to Evening Standard journalist James Benge.

The Gunners pair have failed to come to an agreement with the club over new deals to keep them at the Emirates beyond the end of the season, and the club have now decided to give both players until the end of December to decide if they want to stay.

The Standard report that Ozil is the likelier of the two to stay despite being non-committal about his future at the club in the past few months. He has declared that he wants to stay, but there has been no breakthrough in contract talks. The lack of progress is similar with Sanchez but the Chilean international has been clearer about his desire to leave Arsenal with Manchester City close to signing the 28 year old back in August.

If, as expected, no agreement is reached, the Gunners will have to decide whether they will sell both players in January. With six months left on their respective contracts, Arsenal will be left with no easy decision; either let the players go for a knockdown price or accept them leaving for nothing in the summer.

Ozil’s form, which has seen him score just one goal and provide two assists in nine outings this season, will likely mean he has far fewer suitors than Sanchez, but it must be said their salary demands will mean only elite teams will be able to afford the pair.

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