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Sanchez gives Arsenal contract lift by declaring himself happy

By Jack De Menezes

Alexis Sanchez has echoed Mesut Ozil's recent comments about his Arsenal future to deliver a positive update in the contract negotiations with the club in the latest hint that he will sign a new deal.

After Ozil admitted he was "very comfortable" with life in London earlier this month, Sanchez has followed suit and given the impression of a player that is not about to force a move away.

"I definitely feel like an important player, and my team-mates let me know every day," Sanchez said. "I try to prove I am an important player game after game.

"I believe we have the players and the quality to win many things. I feel really happy and comfortable at the club. I want to give the fans a new title."

Sanchez, like Ozil, is out of contract at the end of the 2017-18 season, and fears are growing at Arsenal that they could find themselves vulnerable to the players' demands if they reach this summer with no extensions in place.

But with the duo reaffirming their happiness in the capital, the expectation is that both will sign new contracts - providing Arsene Wenger's side remain competitive on the pitch.

Wenger himself is out of contract this season, but after more than 20 years with the Gunners, he has hinted that talks over a new contract will begin in April with an extension expected to be signed and sealed at the end of the season.

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