Nacho Monreal confident Ozil, Sanchez will stay at Arsenal beyond January

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal believes star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will stay at the club for the rest of the season despite speculation about possible moves in January.

Ozil and Sanchez can leave for free next summer when their contracts expire, and manager Arsene Wenger has said it is "possible" that they will be sold in January.

But Monreal told the International Business Times he was confident they would stay for the whole campaign.

"Yes, the feeling is that they will continue. At no time have we talked about the possibility of them leaving. Not at all," he said.

"They are committed to the group and we will see what happens."

However, the Spaniard also said he did not know whether the Arsenal hierarchy were willing to lose their prized assets for free rather than cashing in on them.

"I can't say much about it. It does not depend on me. The situation is clear. They are two vital players for Arsenal. They are two players who end their contracts at the end of the season," he added.

"If the club want them to stay beyond December [the January transfer window] they will follow. Yet I do not know the club's intentions. It is other people who are the ones who have to make a decision."

Arsenal nearly sold Sanchez on the final day of the summer window, but a deal with Manchester City collapsed when they were unable to bring in Monaco's Thomas Lemar as a replacement.

Wenger opened the door to a January sale last month when he said he could not rule it out.

"Once you're in our kind of situation, you envisage every solution, yes. It's possible," Wenger said.