Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal would struggle to replace Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil if the pair decide to leave the Gunners this summer.
The duo both have 13 months to run on their deals at the Emirates and neither are close to signing new contracts.
Wenger, 66, remains confident that the pair will sign new deals but their futures could depend on the Gunners’ failure to reach the top four at the end of the season.
The Frenchman, though, has admitted the club will struggle to replace the duo should they push to leave the club and says the Gunners will do everything to convince them to stay.
I think they should stay here because they are two world-class players and it’s difficult to find world-class players even when you have a lot of money,’ said Wenger.
‘A lot of clubs have a lot of money and few players can make the difference.
‘Look at Mbappe at Monaco. The whole of Europe is already onto him – he’s had 20 games – because everything is known immediately now, so you can’t allow yourself to lose your best players.
‘And not only us in our situation – you can’t lose them, you have to find new ones, bring them in. So we have two conditions: one, to keep them, and two, bring in other great players.’