Filling out the Arsenal team sheet must be a pretty straightforward process at this point in time.
Arsene Wenger has got the best out of several key players this season, helping them string together a 16-game winning streak in all competitions.
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are unquestionably the two main men behind the Gunners’ impressive start to the campaign, and one only needs to look at their numbers to see why.
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The German and Chilean duo have racked up 15 goals and eight assists between them so far, while valuable contributions from the likes of Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla has galvanised their confidence on the pitch.
Given their importance to the north London side, Arsenal have been scrambling to tie both of them to new contracts as they approach the final 18 months of their respective deals.
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The club is yet to reach an agreement with either Sanchez or Ozil – but the Mirror reports representatives of the latter have engaged in promising talks with his employers during the international break.
Arsenal are confident the 28-year-old will elect to stay at the Emirates and are prepared to offer a £200,000-a-week deal that will make him the highest-paid player at the club.
The Germany international – currently pocketing £140,000-a-week – has done just about all he can to warrant a major pay increase if he chooses to remain with the Gunners.
Ozil is also said to have purchased a new £10 million house in London, which certainly suggests he is serious about extending his stay in the capital.
The ex-Real Madrid playmaker is in the kind of scintillating form that could encourage other top clubs to tempt him away from Arsenal – a scenario Wenger would naturally be eager to quash as soon as possible.
The Gunners have already persuaded right-back Hector Bellerin to pen a fresh six-year contract, but there is still plenty of work to be done to ensure Ozil and Sanchez follow suit.
The Chilean winger is on £130,000-a-week for the time being and also pushing for an improved deal to reflect his indispensable status at the Emirates.
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