Wenger: Sanchez stays, and it’s logical that players should respect contracts


Arsene Wenger has once more reiterated his stance on Alexis Sanchez, insisting the Chilean would be an Arsenal player in September after the transfer window closes.

The Arsenal manager was speaking to beIN Sports where he was asked if the club’s leading goalscorer would be playing his football in North London next season.

“Yes, of course,” he said, before being asked if Arsenal’s stance, similar to that of Liverpool over Philippe Coutinho showed clubs taking back power.

“Well, it’s difficult to say power back,” he said.

“It just looks unusual to the media sometimes that clubs want contracts respected. To me it looks logical so I’m amazed that you are amazed. It’s normal.

“If I sign a contract I respect it. Of course if a club releases me I can somewhere else, but I know when I sign for two years at Arsenal that Arsenal has that contract and I have to respect it.”

Wenger was also asked if there were similarities between the Sanchez situation and that of Diego Costa who has not returned to Chelsea after being told in a text message he wasn’t in Antonio Conte’s plans.

“I have enough problems not to make an assessment on Chelsea’s problems,” he said.

“When you look from outside it’s different. We always wanted to keep Sanchez, and we hope we can extend the contracts of Sanchez, Chamberlain, and Ozil.”

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