Arsene Wenger has said that Alexis Sanchez can help Arsenal return to the champions League and insisted that he is not for sale.
Sanchez recently told Chilean media that he wants to play in the Champions League but that the decision over his future rests with Arsenal. Speaking afterwards Wenger said, “The decision has been made and we will stick to that. The decision is not to sell.”
He also played down the entire interview saying that he doesn’t “give too much importance to things that are translated”.
He also said that his priority is the Premier League, above and beyond the Champions League. Wenger also pointed out that the team “played 20 years in the Champions League, that’s 17 years before Sanchez arrived and three years with him so he can get us back in there.”
In the past Robin van Persie was sold to Manchester United for £25 million as he entered the final year of his Arsenal contract and then helped United win the Premier League the next season. With United known to be interested in Sanchez some people have drawn a comparison. However, Wenger denied that the situations are comparable, “Every case is different, Van Persie was going from 30 to 31, when he left he had one year on his contract. Sanchez is younger.”
Furthermore, Wenger said that despite paying a club record fee for Alexandre Lacazette, there could still be more signings this summer.
He said that the team is very active on the transfer market and seeking opportunities. But he also cautioned against making too many signings and destabilising the team and said that the team also needs to look at where it failed last year and how they can improve without the help of new players.