Coach Wenger plans for life after Sanchez

Alexandre Lacazette

GETTY Alexandre Lacazette will improve next season according to Arsene Wenger

"My approach to players is that every player has a price, it doesn't matter who he is, doesn't matter his level or prestige, I think every player has a price."

It is hard to envisage Sanchez staying beyond January, but Arsenal will not sell him unless they can bring in a replacement, with a £35m bid for 20-year-old Malcom expected this week.

"It looks like Sanchez will not extend his contract, but we want to keep Jack and if we have an opportunity maybe to keep Ozil, the rebuild will be less deep than if all three left".

"If you anticipate the transfer market you become stronger and you make the other team weak". Conte has great admiration and respect for the attacker and that is what he expressed in his recent interview after the two teams played a goalless draw in the first leg of the League Cup at the Bridge. I wish them good luck because they are going to need it.

Alexandre Lacazette
GETTY Alexandre Lacazette has had to adapt to the intensity of the Premier League

The English Premier League leaders feel the overall price for signing the Chile forward, transfer fee, agent costs and wage demands, is now too high. "So I wait, and I take a chunk of that contract as a signing fee", Wenger said.

United boss Jose Mourinho said Sanchez is a "phenomenal player" on Friday. Meanwhile, Sanchez is 29 but does offer a stronger guarantee of match-winning displays than a player who is still more potential than end product. If UEFA doesn't do anything about that, that's what will happen more and more. Wenger admitted a bidding war could help Arsenal but said that was not the current situation. Arsenal boss Wenger said Sanchez would only be allowed to leave if they could get a new signing over the line - the club have been linked with young Bordeaux forward Malcom.

Arsenal also seem pretty keen to sell Sanchez now, he's not managed to find his best form this season and reports have suggested this team-mates have been none to impressed with his attitude.

But the Frenchman was adamant that he's committed to seeing out his contract. "I don't think for the players it's a hard situation - probably they train the same way and it's not a dramatic change that isn't good in this period of the season". And that's what you try to do. I am fully committed in this and I am happy in what I am doing now and what I did in the past.

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