Arsène Wenger rules out selling Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil in January

• Arsenal manager insists both players will remain at club until summer at least
• Wenger says they could leave in January if ‘something unbelievable happens’

Arsène Wenger has for the first time explicitly ruled out the possibility of selling either Alexis Sánchez or Mesut Özil in January, saying both players would remain at Arsenal until the end of the season “unless something unbelievable happens”.

Asked about the players’ futures on Tuesday, Wenger said: “I’m not the only one who can decide that. They have a say in that as well.” A few minutes later he was asked if he could, in fact, rule out a mid-season departure. “Yeah, I rule it out,” he said. “Look, I do not think every day about that. 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. That’s the decision I took at the start of the season. Unless something unbelievable happens there’s no reason why that should change.

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