Arsene Wenger sends blunt warning to Arsenal duo about leaving The Emirates

Arsene Wenger appears to warn Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez about leaving Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsene Wenger has warned Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez that players who have left Arsenal have struggled following their north London exits.

The Gunners are facing a battle to keep both Ozil and Sanchez at the Emirates Stadium with both Arsenal players available on a free transfer next summer.

Sanchez was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in the summer transfer window but a deal fell through on transfer deadline day.

The Chile international has entered the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract and has been widely tipped to leave the north London club.

Ozil has emerged as something of a surprise target for Manchester United over the past week or so despite his subdued performance for the Gunners.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has struggled at Liverpool since his £40m move to Anfield from Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

England defender Kieran Gibbs moved to West Brom in the transfer window, too, after failing to establish himself as a first-team regular.

Wenger pointed out that many of the players who have left Arsenal struggled to replicate their Gunners performances at their new clubs.

“You look at the players who performed here and left, and you come back to me after,” Wenger said, as quoted by Metro.

Wenger added: “You hope it goes well for them. I focus on my squad.”

Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a place in the Champions League.

The Gunners won their third FA Cup title in four seasons thanks to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea last season.

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