Arsenal boss still wants Sanchez to stay

Written By: Muraya Kamunde/BBC

Arsene Wenger says his decision to name Alexis Sanchez on the bench against Chelsea on Wednesday had nothing to do with transfer speculation, and reiterated his desire for the forward to stay at the club.

The Chilean, out of contract in June, came on in the second half of the Sanchez has been linked with a January move to Manchester City.

“I want him to stay longer,” said Wenger.

“I have no problem if he signs with us now or in June.

“You have to accept as well when you play so many games, and Sanchez plays every game, that sometimes a breather in the middle of the season helps them a little bit.”

Alexis Sanchez did not manage a shot at goal against Chelsea after coming on

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Sanchez’s future, Wenger does not believe the Chile international’s commitment can be questioned.

“People don’t know Alexis Sanchez – this is a guy completely focused on playing football,” added Wenger.

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“Did you see how he came on today? How he warmed up? Like a player who wants to play football.

“He can make a difference between what’s going on outside and what’s going on on the football pitch.

“He doesn’t need to tell me he speaks to anybody else. He doesn’t need to alert the club. He can do it on his own.

“We live with facts, not with psychological theories. When you come on to the pitch you play football and give 100%. That’s what he does.”

Elsewhere, Valencia are set to sign French midfielder Francis Coquelin from Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The 26-year-old leaves for Spain in what is expected to be a £12m deal, having joined the Gunners as a youth player in 2008.

He made 105 Premier League appearances and signed a new deal at Arsenal in January 2017.

Wenger confirmed the transfer after Arsenal’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg draw with Chelsea on Wednesday.

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“He goes to Valencia because he didn’t get enough games with us this season and he had an opportunity. I let him go,” said Wenger.

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