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Arsene Wenger on Alexis Sanchez: I don’t think he will go

Alexis Sanchez has been a subject of intense speculation over the last six months since his refusal to sign a contract extension with the Gunners. The 28-year-old was on the vege of completing a move to Manchester City before the deal hit snag, and ahead of the Premier League clash between both clubs, transfer rumours have emerged yet again.

However, Arsene Wenger has stated emphatically that he does not see the deal happening in January despite the Chile international’s refusal to extended his stay at the club he joined in the summer of 2014.

“You say everybody thinks City will come in for Alexis – I am part of everybody and I don’t think he will go,” Wenger said.

“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. 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 [previous club] 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.”