Wenger on keeping Alexis and Lemar rejecting Arsenal


Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez will be 100 per cent committed to Arsenal this season despite the fact the Chile international had a move to Manchester City scuppered by the Gunners just hours before the close of the summer transfer window.

The Gunners are believed to have accepted a £60 million package from the Citizens for their star striker but pulled the plug when it became apparent they would not be able to replace him with Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. It’s a decision that infuriated City and one could pave the way for Sanchez to leave the Emirates on a free next summer.

“It’s difficult for me to talk about that because what I want from the player now is to focus on his career, on his season and on Arsenal football club,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.

“I spoke to you before about integrity and values and I always think first to make sure the commitment is at the level that is expected from people who pay me and have confidence in me.

“On the players’ side, I think it’s exactly the same. 100%, he is committed. I have no doubt about that.

“I cannot tell you everything that happened. When you decide to let a player of that calibre go you need to replace him because nobody would understand that you let the player go.

“When you cannot do it, you keep the player and you make a financial sacrifice. At the end of the day, what you want is to have a team who has a good potential and top quality.

“That means two things, Alexis Sanchez, like Mesut Ozil, will go into the final year of his contract and you find a way to extend the contract. Or, at the end of the season, they go for free.”

Speaking about the failed attempt to sign Lemar, Wenger also revealed: “The player has chosen to stay at Monaco and you do not want to talk too much, you have to respect what happens in the negotiations.

“I know we live in the era of transparency but at some stage to respect everybody you have to not talk too much about that.”

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