Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says neither Mesut Ozil nor Alexis Sanchez will be sold even if they fail to agree contract extensions.
Both Gunners stars are entering the final 18 months of their deals and Wenger remains hopeful of keeping both beyond 2018.
But speaking ahead of Saturday’s game against Stoke, the Frenchman made it clear he is prepared to lose both for nothing.
Repeated enquiries about the pair were dealt with politely, but the Frenchman insisted he “could not answer always the same questions at every press conference”.
“You ask always the same things,but that doesn’t improve the speed of negotiations.
“You have to respect the process – sometimes it’s quick, sometimes slow and the only handicap when it’s slow is you get asked in every press conference.”
Asked if the ongoing talks might have an affect on the Arsenal dressing-room he said Ozil and Sanchez remain “completely committed”, adding: “We are professionals – 18 months is a long time in the game and I don’t believe that is a problem.”
Arsenal’s final offer will be “the maximum we can do”, according to Wenger, who said: “It’s normal to negotiate. The less you talk about it the better it is.”