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Arsene Wenger: Alexis Sanchez will “win the fans back”

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed Alexis Sanchez to have the Gunners faithful on his side very soon.

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Sanchez, 28, started on the bench for Arsenal’s 3-0 victory against Bournemouth on Saturday and he watched on as fellow strikers Danny Welbeck (twice) and Alexandre Lacazette scored.

When he came off the bench Sanchez was widely booed by the home fans at the Emirates Stadium as he is yet to sign a new contract and has less than 12 months left on his current deal at Arsenal. A move to Manchester City fell through on transfer deadline day and now he is with Arsenal until at least January 1.

The Chilean forward, who traveled to South America last week to compete in 2018 World Cup qualifiers after a abdominal injury, started in Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool in the Premier League before the international break, but wasn’t deemed fit enough to start against Bournemouth.

Speaking to the media, Wenger confirmed that Sanchez was rested as he continues to work his way back to full-fitness and he believes the fans will get behind him shortly.

“Alexis Sanchez is very focused on the Premier league and the Europa League and he wants to do well. He is still a bit short physically. He will be quickly back to his best,” Wenger said. “It was a serious performance, we played well all over the pitch. Alexis Sanchez will win the fans back, and win them back very quickly. We want to do well in Europe and we will put out a team that can win the game on Thursday.”

The Gunners have a grueling stretch of seven games in 17 days starting with a tough test against FC Koln on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League.

Sanchez, Arsenal’s leading goalscorer last season with 30 in all competitions, will be needed between now and January when the speculation around his future will ramp up once again.

He has the choice to agree a free transfer to a non-English team from January onwards but of course there’s still the chance he could remain at Arsenal and sign a new deal.

The Arsenal fans booing him may curtail any plans Sanchez has to stick around at the Emirates Stadium beyond this season…

Alexis Sanchez will return to his best at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger says

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is known for his unending faith in his players, and he hasn’t lost faith in Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez was minutes away from joining Manchester City last week as Arsenal tried to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco, but Lemar declined and as a result, the Sanchez deal was off. That disappointment for Sanchez was compounded with a pair of frustrating international defeats for Chile.

But Wenger believes that Sanchez, who only played in his first Premier League game of the season – Arsenal’s 4-0 blasting at Liverpool – before the transfer window, will return to his best this season.

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“I have no doubt about Alexis’ mind and mentality that people question,” Wenger said. “He needs to come back to full fitness, which he was not at Liverpool. It was his first game. He suffered, he had a negative experience now with Chile but he is strong mentally and hopefully he will be back very quickly to his best.”

Wenger also provided updates on a pair of injured players as well as his thoughts on a rumored proposal to close next year’s Premier League transfer window before the start of the season.

The Arsenal manager is a big proponent of closing the transfer window earlier, with numerous players not knowing whether they’re in or out of the team through the first few weeks of the season.

“Many things happen in the last second, and I regret that,” Wenger said. “That’s why I believe it’s important that we change that [transfer window] and close all that stuff before the championship starts.

“Even in the games, you sit there before the games and even in players’ minds they have no clarity. Are they in? Are they out? Are they half in? Are they half out? Are they tapped up in the afternoon of the game by people who want to get them out? It’s not the way to work and it’s uncomfortable. Every single manager in the league would agree that it’s time to kick that out before the season starts and not continue to have players in the dressing room who are half out and half in.”

Wenger also commented that Santi Cazorla is returning to running, nearly a year since his last match after suffering a lingering ankle injury that’s required multiple surgeries.

“The flexibility of his ankle looks good, his mobility is good and now it’s about getting back to full fitness without having any setbacks,” Wenger said. “It’s very difficult to predict when he will be available again. I think it’s very difficult to set a time. Not before Christmas, that’s why I didn’t involve him in the Europa League, but overall I hope that after Christmas he will be available.

“Yes [I think he’ll play at the highest level again],” added Wenger. “But he has not played for a year now. He’s had a few surgeries so you are always cautious to set a time or date, but overall, yes it looks positive.”

Wenger: Failing to sell Sanchez could cost Arsenal nearly $183 million

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The failure to sell Alexis Sanchez with one year left on his contract could cost Arsenal more than $91 million in the short term and $91 million in the long term.

That’s according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who said that the club missed out on recouping funds for Sanchez while admitting it would cost another $91 million to sign a significant player as a replacement. Sanchez can leave Arsenal on a free transfer next summer should the Gunners not sell him at a likely discounted rate in January.

“You take a Sánchez into the final year of his contract, you sacrifice 60-70million income and at the end of the season you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money,” Wenger said, via beIN Sports. “It has a huge price so at some stage you have to make a decision, you have to sacrifice one or two.”

Sanchez is coming off a rough week, having not been able to complete a proposed move to Manchester City compounded by two straight defeats with the Chilean National Team, suffering criticism from the Chilean fans and press. And just before the international break, Sanchez’s first appearance this season for Arsenal came in its 4-0 mauling from Liverpool.

In a post on his Instagram page, Sanchez hit out at the team’s critics.

“You get tired of being criticized with reason and without reason, you get tired of wanting to be defeated, you get tired of saying to yourself “I’ll get up again” after crying after a defeat, and you get tired of telling the world and people who are with you, that everything is going well,” Sanchez wrote. “And the worst, that no one ever realizes how that makes you feel … I have the back of Chile and it is a huge responsibility, that’s why I’m sorry that journalists and bad people criticize without understanding.”

It will be interesting to see whether Sanchez’s anger and disappointment affect his play, or whether he can put it behind him and lead Arsenal back up the Premier League table.

Alexis Sanchez likely to miss Chile’s qualifier against Bolivia

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Look away, Arsenal fans. The Alexis Sanchez situation is far from over.

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We all know what transpired on Deadline Day between Arsenal and Manchester City as the latter looked to complete a move for Sanchez, but just days after the close to the summer transfer window it appears the Chilean international could miss some time due to injury.

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Reports out of Chile indicate that Sanchez picked up an ankle injury during training with Chile on Saturday as the South American side prepares for Tuesday’s CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying match against Bolivia.

The 28-year-old attacker hasn’t been ruled out just yet for La Roja, who currently sit fourth in WCQ with three matches remaining.

The concern over Sanchez’s reported injury is understandable for both club and country, and especially for Arsenal — who started the season with the winger on the shelf before returning for last weekend’s 4-0 defeat against Liverpool.

Report: Man City make bid for Alexis Sanchez; Lemar to Arsenal

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Here we go. Things are heating up.

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Sky Sports claim that Manchester City have made a second bid for Alexis Sanchez.

City offered $64 million earlier this week for Arsenal’s 28-year-old Chile international but that was flat out rejected.

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Now, Pep Guardiola‘s side are said to have offered $77 million and it has also been reported that Man City have sent a delegation of officials to Santiago, Chile for Sanchez to undergo a medical and sign paperwork if a fee is agreed for the man who scored 24 goals and added 10 assists last season in the Premier League.

Despite having less than 12 months left on his Arsenal deal, Arsene Wenger has insisted all summer long that Sanchez would not be sold.

However it seems as though plans are being put in place for the Gunners to replace Sanchez…

Spanish soccer expert Guillen Ballague has stated that Arsenal have are confident of pushing through a move for Lemar as a direct replacement for Sanchez.

Lemar, 21, is currently on international duty with France and although AS Monaco insist the winger is not for sale, an offer of over $60 million could turn their heads.

The winger could play for France against Holland tonight at the Stade de France, but could he have a new club by the time that game is over?

Liverpool and Barcelona have also said to be keen on Lemar after Arsenal had two bids turned down for him earlier this summer.