The futures of Arsenal stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have been under a degree of scrutiny this summer, forcing Arsene Wenger to address the situation.
The Arsenal boss has come in for criticism for his lack of transfer activity thus far, but his most important contribution this window may come from within the walls of the Emirates.
Both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have less than two years remaining on their contracts, and have resisted signing new ones to-date.
Last month in particular saw speculation linking Juventus with a move for the Chilean winger, but the Old Lady opted to splash out on Gonzalo Higuain instead.
Ozil’s case is more recent. The German is reportedly open to returning to Real Madrid, with Bayern Munich also sniffing around the playmaker, via Bild and The Times.
When asked prior to Arsenal’s season-opener against Liverpool about the contract status of both players, Wenger attempted to reassure fans despite the lack of progress.
“No. We keep that internal. We make progress always, but it is not always a quick process,” Wenger told the media.
“They still have two years contract and there is no urgency as well.
“The fans have no reason to be concerned. At the moment we have priorities, and most of the time contract extensions are done outside the win because it gives you a bit more time and focus on that.”
Though the lack of new signings in comparison to their competitors is a sore point for the Gooner faithful, keeping a hold of both Ozil and Sanchez is paramount to any potential title challenge this season.