Arsenal's Arsene Wenger reveals 'positive' talks with Alexis Sanchez

Ivan Schwartz
July 15, 2017

The Chile worldwide continues to be heavily linked with Manchester City and Wenger insists speculation he has agreed a new contract to stay at the Emirates Stadium is inaccurate.

On suggestions of an agreement with Sanchez, Wenger said: "No, a lot that comes out [about] Sanchez does not look completely right!"

Wenger stated in April he "deeply believed" the former Barcelona and Udinese man would extend his stay with the London club, and told reporters on Friday that he's had encouraging talks with Sanchez via text.

Sanchez has not travelled with the Arsenal squad on their pre-season tour of Sydney and is now away on holiday having competed in the Confederations Cup with Chile earlier in the summer.

The 23-year-old is reportedly keen on leaving the Gunners to kickstart his career, with a host of clubs including Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City interested in him.

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Wenger is fully expecting Sanchez to start the season with Arsenal, and later divulged that he will expect the player back for pre-season on July 30 - due to his previous summer commitments.

"Of course", said Wenger when asked if Sanchez will stay at Arsenal.

"I have spoken through text and it was very positive".

"Usually you need three weeks but they will have a programme and can be involved after one week to ten days, and play a part in games". Sometimes I have left them out but it also depends on what shape they come back in.

He said: "Players like Alexis Sanchez played the whole season, finished the season really exhausted and went off to play in the Confederations Cup". "I will give you a very focused answer on that, that he has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team".

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