Arsene Wenger: I could sell Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in January

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As Burt noted, though, much will depend on Arsenal's situation come January and their ability to replace Sanchez, as cashing in on him will hardly be worth it if they miss out on a UEFA Champions League place as a result.

Asked if claims Ozil could be sold in January were true, Wenger said: "We have envisaged every solution, it is possible we might sell in January".

The prospect of losing the £42.5million signing from Real Madrid on a free transfer is too much for Wenger to contemplate with Alexis Sanchez also running down his deal.

'It's always hard to come up against players like Alexis, with this quality and level but we've been concentrating over the whole game and we've done a great job, ' Alves added.

"Both players are happy here - I hope the situation can turn around".

The full-back was a member of the Brazilian squad who ran out 3-0 victors over Sanchez's Chile in the World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday, a result which ensured the Chileans were unable to qualify for the tournament in Russian Federation next summer.

Sanchez will be dealing with both fatigue and the disappointment of missing out on next summer's tournament in Russian Federation, and Wenger said he will have to gauge the player's physical and mental state before deciding whether to play him at Watford.

The Frenchman told reporters: "I will have to speak to him".

"It was very physical and mentally I will have to assess the situation".

The same article states that Arsene Wenger is ready to move to sign the 29-year-old in the event that Ozil and Sanchez both decide to leave the north London club before the 2018-19 season.

"I don't think [it will]".

'Him, like Aaron Ramsey, they are winners, ' he added. "They want to focus on winning things", Wenger said.

'When you don't have the World Cup, you focus on your club'.

That has led to the midfielder potentially leaving the Emirates either in January or the summer.

"It's a possibility. He's courted by many teams", Alves said.

"From what I'm seeing and the way he's reacting with the team at the moment, looking in from the outside, I don't think he's sulking. Anyway, if he got with us, it would be the best".