Sol Campbell is worried that Arsenal will struggle to attract top plays if they lose Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal find themselves in a tough spot this month with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both out of contract in six months times.

Be it this month or in the summer, Arsenal could lose their two best players and end up with a huge void that they could struggle to fill.

Sol Campbell is amongst those concerned about how the club will respond to their departures.

He fears that top players will no longer want to join the club.

“Other teams have invested big money year after year and have also retained their best players and have kicked on,” he told talkSPORT.

“But at the moment, Arsenal are not retaining their best players. This is a vital period in Arsenal’s season when they need to keep their best players and add to them, not take them away.

“When you start taking the really top players who can really turn a game away, you’ve got to fill that spot and it’s not easy to do that in January.

“They’ve got to find players who can stabilise the team and move them forward into the summer, so they can build from there and more players come along.

“But if you keep on selling your best players, some players might say: ‘Well, why do I want to go there? All their best players are leaving!’

“I think teams go in cycles – Arsenal are in this cycle and they need to figure out how to get out of it, but it might take three or four years.”

Arsenal have lost top players in the past and have, eventually, managed to replace them.

It might not happen straight away, and they’ll be plenty of busts along the way, but the club does find good players.

The difference this time is the lack of Champions League football.

It might not hurt Arsenal’s spending power too much, but top players won’t join to play in the Europa League.

The longer Arsenal remain out of the Champions League, the harder they’ll find it to replace their best players.

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