Arsene Wenger: Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez contract talks "difficult"

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal (17) celebrates with Mesut Ozil as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match on  March 4, 2015
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Arsene Wenger is still unsure whether star attacking duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will sign new contracts, as he admits that discussions are at a "difficult" stage.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club are finding it "difficult" to come to an agreement with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over prolonging their current deals.

Talks between the Gunners and their two star players, who are out of contract at the end of next season, are said to have hit a snag in recent weeks.

Wenger recently claimed that he requires 'a good bank' to fulfil the duo's wage demands but, with other clubs potentially looking to swoop in next year, the Frenchman is still unsure whether they will commit.

"It was always difficult. What has changed is the numbers but it was always difficult to keep the good players because they are wanted by other clubs," he told reporters.

"Players want to get the maximum as they only have 10 years playing at the top level."

Ozil is Arsenal's highest earner with a weekly salary of £140,000, while Sanchez takes home £130,000 a week.

Arsene Wenger watches on during the Champions League game between Arsenal and Basel on September 28, 2016
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