Arsenal are in no rush to open negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over new contracts, according to Arsene Wenger. Both players have been integral to the Gunners' impressive start to the season that sees them sat joint top of the Premier League table. The Daily Mirror has suggested the club have already opened talks with the Chile international over extending his contract beyond 2018.
The same publication has indicated Arsenal will follow that up by offering Ozil a new deal. The club's record signing has two years to run on his current deal, but Wenger says the club are in "no hurry" to tie down two of their best players.
"We have not started to talk about that with Mesut Ozil," Wenger told a press conference on 19 November ahead of Saturday's match against West Bromwich Albion. "Sanchez is in the same situation – at the end of the year they have two-and-a-half years [left on their contracts].
"We have some time. We are not in a hurry. We want of course for them to stay in the club, and we will start negotiations at some stage, but at the moment we have not started."
Arsenal can move to the top of the Premier League – albeit for a few hours – when they take on West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon. Manchester City, who hold a slender goal-difference advantage over the Gunners, are in action later that evening against Liverpool.
While Wenger will have both Sanchez and Ozil at his disposal, he is still without Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott. The trio had been expected to return following the November international break, but the Arsenal boss confirmed to reporters they will not be available this weekend.