Arsene Wenger gives an upbeat assessment over the future of star man

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Alexis Sanchez will not push for a move to Manchester City in the winter transfer window.

Sanchez had been very close to a £60 million move to the Emirates last summer, however, the move fell apart after Arsenal failed to convince Monaco ace Thomas Lemar to sign for the Gunners.

If what Wenger says is true then it means that Arsenal will lose the Chilean international for nothing when his contract expires next summer.

Sanchez is slowly getting back to his best and it seems that Wenger is of the opinion that he will be better served with the forward remaining for another six months rather than cashing in now.

Speaking about the rumours circulating about Sanchez leaving in the winter Wenger said,

‘You say everybody thinks City will come in for Alexis [in January] – I am part of everybody and I don’t think he will go,’

‘Do City need him? They have to decide that. But we need him here.’ “I expect him to be motivated against City but that is always the case,’ Wenger added ahead of Sunday’s meeting between his side and the league leaders.

‘One thing you cannot fault in Alexis Sanchez is his motivation. When he plays for Chile, he plays with passion that is in South America. It’s the same for Barcelona and Arsenal. He is happy when he is on the pitch and that is all he wants.

‘Was he close to joining City? No. But at the end of the day, close or not does not matter. It does not have any influence. What is important is that, when you are somewhere and you have the opportunity to give your best, that is what you must do.’

Has to be said that those comments seem more hopeful than definitive, will be an interesting January.