Arsene Wenger has reiterated the club’s stance over Alexis Sanchez and insisted the club will not sell the Chilean this summer.
Reports of renewed interest from PSG come after some comments made by Sanchez at the weekend, but the Arsenal manager seems defiant, urging the 28 year old to help the club get back into the Champions League after missing out last season.
Pressed on the future of his star man while on the pre-season tour of China, Wenger touched on the interview given to local media, and said, “The decision has been made and we will stick to that – the decision is not to sell.
“I do not give too much importance to things that are translated. The whole interview, which I got, did not really mean that [he only wants Champions League football].
“The main focus for us is on the Premier League, that for me is more important than the Champions League.
“We rested sometimes players in the group stage of the Champions League for the Premier League, so that has become the biggest importance for us.
“For the rest, we have played 20 years in the Champions League and 17 years before Alexis arrived and three years with him – he can get us back in there.”
Wenger also denied that there were similarities between the Sanchez situation and that of Robin van Persie who was sold to Man Utd in 2012, especially given interest from Man City and Chelsea domestically.
“Van Persie was 30 to 31 when he left and had only one year of contract,” he said.
“Alexis is younger. It’s difficult to speak at the moment about that but the decision has been made.”
It’s pretty definitive, and pretty hard to go back on without making yourself look like a bit of an eejit, so right now it looks more likely than not that Sanchez will be an Arsenal player next season.