Sanchez Future Anyone’s Guess, Says Wenger

Arsene Wenger admits he is no nearer to establishing where Arsenal’s Chilean star Alexis Sanchez’s future lies.

Wenger praised the 29-year-old’s two-goal display that helped secure a 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace on an evening where the French manager equalled Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson’s Premier League record of 810 matches in charge.

Sanchez’s commitment has been questioned this season following his failure to reach agreement with the north London club about an extension to his current contract that expires at the end of this season.

Wenger believes the player’s performance at Selhurst Park showed there has been no let up in the player’s effort, but with the January transfer window about to open, has no idea about the player’s next move.

Sanchez scored his first goal in the 62nd minute but not all his team-mates celebrated the strike with him.

“First of all nobody knows what will happen really,” said Wenger.

“It’s difficult to speculate. At the moment we are focused on short-term, that means the next game (against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday) with the players committed and ready to fight.

“It’s not a guarantee of how long you stay somewhere. As long as you are somewhere, you give your best.

“I felt he was very good tonight from the first minute on, focused on the game. This kind of Sanchez is a great football player, as we know. That’s the kind of performance we want from him.”

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Sanchez, Ozil Going Nowhere – Wenger

Manager Arsene Wenger says forward Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Mesut Ozil will be at Arsenal after the January transfer window “unless something unbelievable happens”.

The contracts of both players expire at the end of the season.

Asked if his gut feeling is they will stay, Wenger replied: “Yes, of course.”

The Frenchman also said it is in midfielder Jack Wilshere’s “best interest” to remain with the Premier League club.

Wenger added: “I will absolutely fight for him to stay here because he’s a top-quality player.”

England international Wilshere, 25, has struggled with injuries since making his Arsenal debut in 2008 and spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Bournemouth.

He has yet to make a Premier League start this season.

Both Sanchez, 28, and 29-year-old Ozil are key figures for Wenger.

Chile forward Sanchez, who arrived in 2014 from Barcelona, has scored 56 goals in 113 appearances, while Germany international Ozil has produced 45 assists since his debut in September 2013, more than any other Premier League player.

Wenger said: “As long as they are here, they give their best for the club.

“In my head, they stay until the end of the season. Unless something unbelievable happens I don’t see that changing.”

Asked if they will remain beyond the end of the 2017-18 campaign, he added: “I am not the only one to decide that. They have to decide that as well.”

Sanchez Snubs Arsenal Manager Over Contract Dispute

The Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez whose Gunners future remains up in the air appeared to blank his boss prior to a session at the club’s London Colney facility on Wednesday.

Wenger, who was embarking on his ritual of shaking each of his players’ hands before putting them through their paces, was acknowledged by Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil but a photograph shows Sanchez apparently walking on by.

They saw Sanchez head on towards a group of his team-mates instead of approaching Wenger, though the Gunners manager did not offer his hand to his star striker and appeared to say ‘I’ve already done you’.

Wenger’s habit of greeting each of his players and staff, in turn, has been a staple part of Arsenal life throughout the Frenchman’s reign.

Sportsmail columnist and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has previously explained Wenger’s ritual.

‘Wenger introduced it but I think when he first arrived he wasn’t sure who he was shaking hands with. But I thought it was a good thing,’ he said.

 

Man City Fear Losing Alexis Signing To PSG After Stunning Offer

Manchester City fear being trumped by PSG in the race for wantaway Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez.

City boss Pep Guardiola was confident the 28-year-old wanted to join them, despite a failed £60m pursuit in the previous transfer window.

But Paris Saint-Germain is ramping up their interest and want him to partner Neymar and Kylian Mbappe upfront.

Sanchez met with PSG chiefs in the French capital this summer, where they discussed a potential transfer.

He demanded a staggering £400,000-a-week, which the Ligue 1 side admitted they could not afford to pay.

But Unai Emery’s team did tell him they would hand him a hefty signing on fee and top City’s offer of £275,000-a-week.

It is understood PSG will offload Edinson Cavani, who recently had a bust-up with Neymar over a free-kick to make way for Sanchez.

 

 

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Wenger Confirms Alexis Readiness To Face Liverpool

The Manager and coach of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will be available for the club’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Chile international attacker has not been available for the Gunners yet this season, with speculation continuing to circulate over his future.

Alexis has yet to sign a fresh deal with the Emirates Stadium club, meaning that he could depart on a free transfer next summer. The 28-year-old continues to be linked with a transfer to Manchester City before the close of the transfer window of August 31, yet it seems that he will feature for the London side this weekend. Arsene Wenger says:

“He is ready to play,” Wenger confirmed at his pre-match press conference.

“I will have to make that decision. Overall he looks in a good shape.

“He has always been focused on his job. He loves to play football and I don’t think he’s too much disturbed by all the noises. Players at that level are used to it now. Some deal with it better than others but I don’t think he’s too much bothered by that.”

The former Monaco boss also appeared optimistic over the prospect of an extension being agreed with the South American.

“The fact that he goes into the last year of his contract doesn’t mean we can’t extend it,” he said.

Wenger has numerous headaches with regards renewals, with Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlaid-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere all out of contract at the end of the season, too.