Arsene Wenger says contract talks with Mesut Ozil are “going well” but “it’s possible” the midfielder and Alexis Sanchez will leave in January.
Both player’s contracts are due to expire at the end of the season, and talks for an extension has been going on for the past year.
When asked to confirm reports negotiations with Ozil’s agent were progressing “positively”, Wenger said: “That is my understanding.
“The fact we didn’t agree last year doesn’t mean he wants to leave.”
He added: “Both players look happy and overall I hope the situation can be turned round, but at the moment we are not close enough to announce anything. Talks are going well.”
However, the Frenchman said the club had not set a deadline to conclude a deal.
The Arsenal boss was further pressed on the possibility of both players being sold in January, to which he replied: “Once you are in our kind of situation you have envisaged every solution, yes. It’s possible.”
Meanwhile, defender Shkodran Mustafi will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.
The 25-year-old Germany international limped off with a first-half injury as the World Cup holders completed a 100% record in qualifying for Russia 2018 by thrashing Azerbaijan 5-1 on Sunday.
“We’ve lost Mustafi for about four to six weeks,” Wenger said.
“I don’t think he will be available before the next international break.”