Extra: Wenger on Ozil and Alexis

Read extra quotes from Arsène Wenger's press conference ahead of the Tottenham game. For more headlines, visit our Digest page.

on Ozil’s contract…We have not started to talk about that with Mesut.

on Alexis’ contract...We are in the same situation. At the end of the year they have two-and-a-half years left on their contract so we still have some time. We are not in a hurry. Of course we want them to stay here at the club and we will start the negotiations at some stage. At the moment we have not started them.


on if he will start to begin talks from New Year to summer…From the New Year to the summer we will certainly start it with all the players who have two years to go at the end of the season.

on not wanting to be in a situation as he was with Nasri, Sagna, Van Persie…Look, that depends sometimes on age. Yes, the difference is that today we are in a stronger position to negotiate than we were at that stage.

on Scudamore’s comments about gay footballers being treated with respect…Of course. I believe when you watch a football player, you don’t want to know what his sexuality is. What you want to see is a football player, no matter how he is in his private life. Of course you want to respect everybody.

on if people’s reactions to that has changed…It has become more tolerant towards that situation. I wouldn’t like to say it’s perfect but it’s certainly better than 10 years ago.

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