Ozil and Sanchez are yet to sign new deals.

Arsenal contract talks with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez hit snag

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It would appear Arsenal have far more than just an injury crisis to deal with heading into the new Premier League season.

With a lack of defensive options at the Gunners' disposal to face Liverpool on Sunday, panic has well and truly struck, but it could be about to get a lot worse.

While new signings are a priority for manager Arsene Wenger, keeping hold of his current crop of players is also of the utmost importance.


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Indeed, losing any one of his stars would be considered a disaster amidst what has been, by and large, a disappointing summer.

That's a problem he might soon face, though.

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According to the Times, Arsenal have failed to tie Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez down to new deals and will have to wait until the transfer window closes to reopen talks.

This is despite having entered negotiations with the dynamic duo last year.

Uncertainty now surrounds Ozil and Sanchez's futures, especially so given they are both in the final two years of their current deals.

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Why they're hesitant to sign new contracts remains to be seen but, considering Arsenal's lack of transfer activity this summer, perhaps they're trying to force the club into making necessary reinforcements.

The Gunners have fallen behind their rivals over the course of the transfer window having spent just £34 million; in contrast, Manchester United and Manchester City have both splashed in excess of £150 million.

Should they secure the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Riyad Mahrez and Alexandre Lacazette, though, that would undoubtedly be enough to convince Ozil and Sanchez of staying.

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By signing the above trio, Arsenal would be plugging gaps in their squad and bolstering their chances of Premier League success.

Mustafi is the ideal successor to countryman Per Mertesacker, Mahrez represents an upgrade on Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right flank; whereas Lacazette is the fast and clinical striker that Arsenal have long craved.

For a long time now Wenger has needed to wake up and smell the coffee - perhaps the threat of losing his two prized assets might help him do just that, before it's too late.

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