Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez will accept Arsenal’s decision not to sell him this summer.
The boss also revealed that the Chile international has been fully focused since returning to training two days ago after an extended summer break and could play a part in Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Chelsea.
Facing the media after today’s open training session at the Emirates, Wenger once again made clear that his star man will play his football for the Gunners this season.
“Of course [I have spoken to him]. I speak to my players. I will not give anything away on that [what was said].
“The only thing I can tell you is he is focused. My decision is clear. He will stay, it’s as simple as that and he will respect that.”
Sanchez has been linked with Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain but with Arsenal unwilling to sell to a rival Premier League club and the French side splashing out stupid money on Neymar it looks as though he’ll have to run down the final 11-months of his contract before moving to pastures new.
The boss was certainly more guarded about whether his star man might sign a contract extension at the Emirates, something the club have been negotiating for 18 months.
“We do not want to come out on that,” said Wenger.
“Every negotiation has to be a little bit secret. Transparency in society is very pushy, but we have to resist a little bit – as much as we can.
“We know as well we have a duty to inform people. But to talk about some things is not information anymore, it’s suicide.”
On whether Sanchez, who scored against Chelsea in the FA Cup final, will feature at Wembley at the weekend, Wenger added: “He looks good. He had a good rest so needs to work on his fitness but once he’s in a game he’s sharp and looks like he’s never been away.
“He’s over the flu – that was never a problem for us.”
“I haven’t decided yet [if he will play]. We want as well not to take too big a gamble on a player who has just come back.”