Arsene Wenger remains confident that Alexis Sanchez will stay
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to keep hold of Alexis Sanchez despite the Chilean recently hinting that he could leave the Emirates this summer.
The Gunners forward has just a year left on his existing deal, and this has heightened speculation over his future at the Emirates. Speaking to Chilean radio station Radio Sport, earlier last week, Sanchez confirmed that he had made a decision over his future, but the final verdict would be taken by the north London club. He also expressed his desire to play and win the Champions League - a competition which the Gunners won't be participating in next season.
He said: "I have made my decision, but now the decision has to be taken by Arsenal. It depends on them. I have to wait to know what they want. My idea is to play and win the Champions League. It's a dream I have had since I was little."
Bayern Munich have already dropped their interest in signing Sanchez this summer, and this predictably leaves Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City as the only clubs keen on his services. Wenger has previously insisted that Sanchez would remain at the club and responding to the latest speculation, he kept a similar stance on the attacker, he said: "I do not give too much importance to things that are translated. What I got, he didn't really mean that. For us, the main focus is the Premier League, and the Premier League for me these days is more important than the Champions League. I can only reiterate what I said before. A decision has been made and we will stick with that."
Sanchez bagged 30 goals across all competitions for Arsenal last term including the opener in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea. He remains vital to their plans of extending their Premier League drought, and Wenger appears set to risk him for the final year of his deal.