Arsenal urged to avoid a Robin van Persie situation with Alexis Sanchez

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2017

Keeping Sanchez will be a huge boost for Arsenal and will also help restore Wenger's credibility even if he and the club are prepared to write off what would be a big fee for the player.

Well, that about settles it as far as Arsene Wenger is concerned.

"Alexis Sanchez is always a loss for us, of course".

Wenger is said to be willing to risk losing Sanchez on a free transfer next summer, rather than sell him to a rival team for his estimated value of £50m.

'But I don't think I would have included him on Friday night. I don't think I would have started him.

The Chilean is in the final 12 months of his deal and has been linked with a move to the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. "He is focused. Of course when you have treatment on a medical bench, it's not easy".

Sanchez is not the only Arsenal player that is in the past year of their contracts, with Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's contracts also expiring in June 2018, and it will be interesting to see how Arsenal deal with these situations.

When asked if the club had any others for the Chilean, Wenger replied "I can not tell you that".

'It's a long time I didn't speak to Nasser because [he's] certainly very busy to complete the transfer of Neymar'. We are not open to any offers anyway'.

"Danny Welbeck played very well last week [in the Community Shield win over Chelsea] and Iwobe did very well in those wide positions".

Ozil is a doubt against Leicester, however, along with Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi, while Laurent Koscielny is suspended.

Wenger said: "I personally am convinced that will happen soon", with reference to Corinne Diacre, who manages second-tier French team Clermont Foot.

Wenger revealed a fresh blow after confirming that Alexis Sanchez has picked up an abdominal strain and the attacker is expected to be out for at least two weeks.

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