Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Wenger: We Have To Spend £70 Million To Replace Sanchez Next Season

Wenger: We Have To Spend £70 Million To Replace Sanchez Next Season

Arsene Wenger expects star forward Alexis Sanchez to be as committed as ever for Arsenal, despite missing out on a deadline day transfer to Manchester City.

Sanchez was nearly sold to Manchester City on deadline day but the move failed to materialise as Arsenal's move for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar fell through.

At a stage, the Gunners asked for Sterling to be part of the offer, but Guardiola was adamant that the 22-year-old was going nowhere. "They talked to me and I said no chance, zero chance, not even one per cent chance".

Wenger attributes the situation to a pair of factors - the natural rise in wages but also a transfer market that has seen fees skyrocket over the past few seasons.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has issued a long message on Instagram saying he is "tired" of the criticism he receives when on global duty with Chile.

Sanchez was reportedly left angered by the proposed move falling through but has been told by City that they will try to sign him again in January, according to Goal's Sam Lee and Chris Wheatley. Both teams could use his pace on the wing, but Arsenal may be put off by his transfer price and wage demands. Sometimes the deals work and sometimes not.

"I saw him gone, I saw him out of physical shape, totally".

"In this league, you can see if you are a fraction off the level, you can get easily beaten like we were at Liverpool".

A want-away player is not the most useful person to have around in a dressing room, and now is not really the time when Arsenal can deal with people not pulling their weight.

Wenger said it was time to move on from FFP, insisting clubs were easily finding ways around the rules.

Arsenal are still keen on acquiring the services of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling - following a failed attempt during the summer transfer window.

"You can't have a player preparing for a vital football game and still be on the phone at 4 o'clock: 'Do I go or not?' or 'How much is it?', 'Where do I go?' Did it? I think he was not worse than any other player on the football pitch".

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