Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez wants to stay at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez wants to stay at Arsenal

Arsenal legend Alan Smith has called for the club to bring in a director of football if Arsene Wenger decides to extend his stay at the Emirates.

Arsenal have shelved contract talks with the duo until after the season ends, with their deals set to expire next summer, but Wenger remains hopeful that solutions will be found.

The Frenchman has revealed a decision has been made on his future, but has consistently refused to announce it publicly despite huge debate over his next move.

"I feel we came out of a very hard period", he said.

"I'm someone who adapts very quickly", Sanchez added.

Though Chelsea appear to be leading the race for Sanchez, there could be a vacant position in the United attack come the end of the season should Zlatan Ibrahimovic turn down the offer of a new deal orWayne Rooney departs to China.

"I do not understand the anxiety".

Asked whether he would make the announcement or if it would come from Arsenal, he replied: "From the club".

Wenger was thrilled with Arsenal's performance in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over West Ham, which moved his side to within four points of Champions League qualification, with a game in hand.

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"The line that they're getting into the top four every year is getting exhausted".

The Blues face competition from PSG and Juventus but Sanchez is said to be happy in London and would prefer to continue playing in the competitive environment of the Premier League.

"In other words, when people say "oh, this is bad, we should make a change", it's all very well for people to thrash around and wave their arms of shout slogans".

"I think the mentality in the team - even though some people don't express it - it's the same one".

"We have focus first on ourselves to do our jobs right and then as a team. That is what's at stake basically".

Sanchez, who joined Arsenal from Barcelona for about £35m in the summer of 2014, has scored 22 goals for the Gunners this season.

No, not a new contract for Arsene Wenger.

"If he left, it would give the club a reputation they don't want".

But Wenger is confident, despite reports of interest from city rivals Chelsea, that Sanchez wants to stay put.

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