Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not think it will be harder to hold onto Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil without Champions League football next season.
The Gunners go into the last match on the season in fifth place, one point behind Liverpool and three behind third-placed Manchester City with only the top four sides qualifying for the Champions League.
Reports have been circulating for much of the season over the futures of key duo Ozil and Sanchez with both players heading into the final 12 months of their contracts.
However, Wenger is not worried about losing the pair in the summer as the players continue to remain professional.
“I don’t question their focus and their determination because in every game they turn up with strong performances,” Wenger said.
When asked whether Champions League football was crucial to hold onto the pair, he said: “No.
“First of all they are under contract. And they behave like they want to be at the club.”
In March, Wenger announced that the club would be putting any contract talks with Ozil and Sanchez on hold until the season was completed.
“At the moment we have not got an agreement,” Wenger told BeIN sports. “We have decided to focus on the end of the season and talk about it in the summer.
“It is the same situation with Ozil because once you don’t find an agreement and it lasts, it is not good so it is better you get it out and sit down in the summer.”