The Chilean should be kept ahead of the German if the Gunners must choose according to one of the London club’s legends
Arsenal great Bob Wilson accepts the Premier League club may lose Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil, but he would keep the Chilean if he had to choose between the pair.
Sanchez and Ozil are both out of contract at the end of next season and have been linked with moves away.
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Manager Arsene Wenger’s future is also uncertain, and Arsenal are fighting to finish in the top four.
Wilson, a former goalkeeper who made more than 200 appearances for the club and won the double in 1970-71, said he had realised it was unlikely both would stay.
“I hope that they do keep hold of both of them. I don’t hold out a lot of hope for keeping hold of both of them,” he told Omnisport.
“A lot will depend on that top-four position, because I think there are six going for four this season.