Arsene Wenger using text messages to try and convince Alexis to stay
The Arsenal boss says he’s been in touch with his star man and that the contact has been “very positive”
Arsene Wenger says he and Alexis Sanchez have had conversations via text message and that the contact has been “very positive”.
The 28-year-old Chilean has been the source of constant transfer gossip over the course of the summer having been linked with moves to Bayern Munich and Manchester City, though the German club’s president, Uli Hoeness, called a deal for the player “unfeasible.”
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Despite the constant speculation, Wenger remains confident that he will be able to hold onto his star man, who is in the final year of his contract.
“I have spoken through text and it was very positive,” Wenger told reporters.
“My thoughts are always positive. There’s not a lot to resolve at the moment with the player.”
Alexis netted 24 goals and added 10 assists for the Gunners last season before helping his country to the Confederations Cup final, and the Arsenal boss doesn’t expect him back with the side until the end of the month.
“Players like Alexis Sanchez played the whole season, finished the season really tired and went off to play in the Confederations Cup,” Wenger said.
“You can’t tell them they are not having a holiday and must come back and continue, it’s impossible.
“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.
“It also depends on the shape they come back in.”
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Wenger, who has already seen his side bring in Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette in a record move this summer, also believes the Gunners will be able to hold on to midfielder Jack Wilshere, who spent last season on loan and have been linked with moves away from the club this summer.
“I think Jack will be with Arsenal next season, yes,” said Wenger. “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.
“But once he is ready, when he comes back, he will not be far from practising with the team.”