Arsenal owner tells media that his side are still trying to negotiate with Alex Sanchez together with Mesut Ozil despite transfer roaming. Star duo Sanchez and Ozil are both out of contract at the end of this season.
The Gunners have so far been unable to agree new deals with either of them, and manager Arsene Wenger recently hinted at cashing in when the winter transfer window opens rather than lose them for nothing.
But majority shareholder Stan Kroenke insists the club would love them to re-sign — and claims his Londoners can compete for Europe’s top players.
Talking exclusively to the Mirror before Thursday’s AGM, Kroenke said: “We want to attract top players, keep top players. Those guys (Sanchez and Ozil) are top players.
“I watched them on Sunday (in the 5-2 win at Everton) and they looked really good in black with the red trim. They looked really good and they played really well and we’d love to keep them.
“It takes two to dance. We’ll keep working to keep our top talent and to attract more talent but some of the guys we’ve got are looking pretty good.
“I feel good about Arsenal’s ability to compete, and compete at a very high level. But I also feel we can get better, I really do. I think we’ll get better at it.”
Manchester City are chasing Chile striker Sanchez for a reunion with his old Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, while World Cup-winning Germany midfielder Ozil would be a target for top clubs if he becomes a free agent.
However, Kroenke maintains that Arsenal can contend in the transfer market for the game’s best players.
“Great city, tremendous club with a great tradition and a great manager. And we do spend a lot on players. You can always say one club does this, or that. But we really do.”