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10th Dec, 2016 | 1:05pm

BBC pundit makes bold claim about Arsenal duo Ozil and Sanchez

By Amir Mir

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has claimed Arsenal would rather lose Mesut Ozil than Alexis Sanchez with both players yet to sign new deals at the club.

The attacking duo’s contracts at the north London club run until 2018 and they are still in discussions over putting pen-to-paper over a new deal.

This has seen reports in the media speculate about the future of the highly-rated duo as the Gunners aim for their first Premier League title in 12 years this season.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson explained why Chilean international Sanchez would be preferred over his German teammate Ozil.

“If you had to lose one them, I’d rather lose Ozil than Sanchez,” Lawrenson told Football Focus on the BBC. “I think Sanchez is the key, he can play in all sorts of different positions and he is tough. He’s got everything for me.”

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Arsene Wenger has utilised Sanchez in a more forward role this season, a tactic which has paid off.

The two-time Copa America winner has bagged an impressive 13 goals in 20 Premier League and Champions League games, including ten assists.

He hit a stunning hat-trick against West Ham last Saturday at the London Stadium to take his tally in the league to 11 goals to 14 games – joint top-scorer with Chelsea’s Diego Costa.

By contrast World Cup winner Ozil has scored nine goals in 19 games in all competitions, supplying six assists along the way.

This has resulted in the Gunners claiming second spot in the league table, three points behind Antonio Conte’s Chelsea going into the weekend matches.

Wenger’s side host in-form Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, while Conte’s men take on West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

In other Arsenal news, club legend Paul Merson has highlighted why the Gunners should fear playing Stoke.