Three-way deal which could see Arsenal star join Real Madrid

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An upturn in form for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at Arsenal may be down to the approaching transfer window, says Emmanuel Petit.

Arsenal's players appeared to relish the chance to visit both Whittington Hospital and University College Hospital ahead of Christmas.

However, Gunners fans would be naive to think Alexis isn't keeping one eye on the January transfer window, with the Chilean reportedly eager to complete a move away from the Emirates before the end of the season.

The superstar duo have been central in our improved form in recent months, and the cloud over their futures may well be helping them to perform.

"We started well but then we lost our focus and our passing and allowed them to come back into the game", the Arsenal boss told BBC Sport. "Who knows if they still want to leave?"

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However, Don Balon claims that Real are close to a deal for the 28-year-old but only if they sell attacker Lucas Vazquez - which would require main suitors Roma to reignite their interest in the player.

The World Cup victor added: "The Gunners showed huge passion on Saturday and they need to hold onto that mentality moving forward".

Wenger is very much likely to play another second-string side when they take on the Belarusian outfit in north London on Thursday.

Both players received a yellow card in the final minutes, as two goals from Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia's opener gave Jose Mourinho's side a vital win following Raheem Sterling's late victor for City against West Ham.

Arsenal sit fifth in the table at present, one point behind Liverpool and 15 adrift of unbeaten leaders Manchester City.

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