Arsene Wenger is confident Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will agree to extend their Arsenal contracts despite the fact talks have dragged on for most of 2016.
Together, the pair form Arsenal's two biggest signings in history and are widely considered to be the only world-class outfield players at the club. Bringing them both to north London was a tremendous achievement for Wenger but keeping them there could prove just as difficult.
They are both going into the new season with less than two years remaining on their current contracts and Arsenal's attempts to seal their long-term futures early have failed. Indeed, talks with Ozil are believed to have begun last September while talks with Sanchez started just a month later.
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Recent reports have suggested that they are both waiting to see what Arsenal do in the transfer market before committing to new deals. They have watched their Premier League rivals invest heavily in their squads with Manchester City and Manchester United spending well over £100m each.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have only managed to add Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding while prospective deals for Shkodran Mustafi and Alexandre Lacazette are progressing at a snail's pace. That is believed to be a major concern for both Sanchez and Ozil.
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However, Wenger attempted to quell concerns by saying that it was only natural for contract talks to stall when transfer business becomes a priority. He still fully expects them to agree new deals.
Asked for an update on the contract negotiations of Sanchez and Ozil, Wenger replied: "We keep that internal. We make progress always, but it is not always a quick process. They still have two years contract and there is no urgency as well.
"They (Arsenal fans) have no reason to be concerned. At the moment we have priorities, and most of the time contract extensions are done outside the transfer window because it gives you a bit more time and focus on that."
And Wenger was equally elusive when asked for an update on Mustafi. Widespread reports suggested the player had agreed personal terms but Valencia are yet to accept a fee for the centre-back.
They are believed to be holding out for around £25m but Arsenal appear to be attempting to drive a hard bargain. Shock.
Asked if talks had progressed, he replied: "I cannot tell you."
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