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Wenger claims Alexis Sanchez will be happy to stay with Arsenal because
his club are the only London team worth playing for.
yet to sign a new deal with the Gunners amid suggestions he had demanded
a transfer following a heated row with Wenger earlier this season.
Chile forward told South American media this week that he is happy in
London and keen to see out his Arsenal contract, which expires next
But, in the same interviews, Sanchez said he wants to play
in a team with a "winning mentality", sparking speculation he covets a
move across London to Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Arsenal currently languishing 19 points behind Chelsea, Gunners boss
Wenger doesn't believe his star wants to leave the Emirates Stadium
because he already plays for the capital's biggest club.
he interpreted what Sanchez had said, Wenger replied: "In a very
positive way. There's only one team in London, so he is happy.
"It's true we have not extended his contract yet but I hope he will stay at the club.
think you have to be cautious when people give interviews in their home
countries because the interpretation is not always exactly what they
wanted to say.
"But I don't see anything negative (in Sanchez's
comments). He said he wants to win the championship, that's what
everybody wants and I can understand that completely."
Sanchez has cut a frustrated figure in recent weeks as Arsenal's season has unravelled.
Both he and team-mate Mesut Ozil are reportedly holding out for parity with the Premier League's top earners.
about Arsenal losing stars like Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Cesc
Fabregas in the past, Wenger said: "That is true that it happened before
when we were in positions where we had to sell financially our best
players. That's not the case anymore.
"They (Sanchez and Ozil) are
not out of contract at the end of the season. I personally believe that
both of them want to stay and I hope that the club will find an
Wenger's future is also unresolved, with his current
contract expiring at the end of the season, but the Frenchman called on
his players to "be men" and not blame the uncertainty for their recent
"It would be an easy excuse," he told Sky Sports News.
"For me whether I stay three years or 10 years I have exactly the same
commitment and the same desire to win the next game.
"I believe as
well we are in the position where we do not have to find easy excuses.
Our job is to perform -- can you perform despite that?
attachment to this club, at the moment it is as it is and I do not see
any escape route to have less responsibilities because I might not be
"We have to be men and focus on what matters and what is our job."