Arsene Wenger is “positive” Alexis Sanchez will stay at Arsenal, after swapping text messages with the player.
Wenger revealed that Sanchez has left him convinced he will not leave the Emirates this summer, despite refusing to sign a new contract with the Gunners.
Manchester City are desperate to sign the 28-
year-old, but Arsenal are unlikely to sanction
a move to their Premier League rivals.
When asked if he is now convinced he will stay, Wenger told reporters in Australia: “Of course. There is not a lot to resolve at the moment with the player. I have spoken through text and it was very positive. My thoughts are always positive.”
The Frenchman also hinted that Sanchez who
is still on holidays, could be ready to play in their opening game of the season against Leicester on August 11.
“Usually you need three weeks but they will have a programme that they have to follow and can be involved after one week to 10 days, they can be in the squad and play in part of games.
“They could be involved in the Leicester game, of course. Sometimes I have left them out but it also depends on what shape they come back in.
“In England you also have to consider players
like Alexis Sanchez played the whole season,
finished the season really tired and went off
to play in the Confederations Cup.
“You cannot tell them that they are not having
a holiday and must come back and continue,
it’s impossible,” Wenger added.