Winning Europa League unlikely to keep Alexis & Ozil at Arsenal, says Smith

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Winning the Europa League is unlikely to convince contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to stay at Arsenal, according to Alan Smith.

The Gunners dropped out of the Champions League places last season and no longer have that bargaining chip in discussions with the two players running down their current deals.

Arsenal are expected to mount a serious challenge for the crown, despite having made sweeping changes to their side in the tournament so far, but Smith doubts that even a repeat of Manchester United's triumph from 2016-17 would be enough to get Sanchez and Ozil to pen fresh terms.

Arsenal are expected to mount a serious challenge for the crown, despite having made sweeping changes to their side in the tournament so far, but Smith doubts that even a repeat of Manchester United’s triumph from 2016-17 would be enough to get Sanchez and Ozil to pen fresh terms.

“I do not think it would persuade them to stay if they won the Europa League,” the former Gunners striker told Sky Sports.

“Jose Mourinho at one stage in the season went ‘I’ll put all my eggs in one basket’, and it paid off.

“That’s not always going to be the case."

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