Alexis Sanchez to ask to leave Arsenal in favour of City move

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 31, 2017

Wenger's reasoning has always been that with 30 goals and 19 assists last season, Sanchez is irreplaceable and if Arsenal's long-promised challenge for a title is to materialise, there is no player who could offer them those kind of statistics.

Speaking after the match, Wenger insisted he has no problem with the uncertainty surrounding his squad.

'He has flu. I had him on text yesterday, he will come back as soon as possible.

"When you are a player you perform until the last day of your contract".

Manchester City have also been heavily linked with his services in recent weeks and Sanchez added more fuel to the saga on Friday (28 April) after claiming to be sick.

Sanchez is due to fly back to London tonight before reporting for training tomorrow, and Wenger said: 'Nobody knows if Sanchez will extend his contract'.

"For a manager, it's a bit different because it concerns more what is the future of the club". He will be part of the team next year and after that I can understand it.

"Why? Because transfer fees being so high, even for normal players, nobody will want to pay the amount of money demanded, more and more players will go to the end of their contracts".

"I'm convinced that in the next ten years this will become the usual thing". When you go out on the football pitch you want to do well. "If that was true we would sign everyone for 20 years".

Even if Sanchez remains at the club after the transfer window closes, fans are likely to continue worrying about whether he will leave the club next summer.

Asked if there had been developments over Sanchez's future, he replied: "There's no development - he is staying, of course".

"First of all you make a really good check-up of where they are, how much they have worked during their break", he said.

"One day he will go".

Wenger will keep close tabs on Sanchez and Mustafi's fitness before deciding whether to include them in the FA Cup holders' starting line-up when they face Premier League champions Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on 6 August. "I am responsible for the global policy of the club but, for the players, it is different".

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