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Keeping Sanchez a huge sacrifice — Wenger

Keeping Sanchez a huge sacrifice — Wenger

The north London club were ultimately unsuccessful with a £92m bid for the young French international on transfer deadline day, while wantaway star Alexis Sanchez stayed at Arsenal despite repeated bids from Premier League rivals Man City for his services.

"After the news came and he was not able to sign the contract, Alexis felt sad and surely that affected him".

Arsenal's win over Bournemouth was a much needed result following their embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Liverpool before the international break.

"It was his first game".

Arsenal eventually accepted Manchester City's offer in the region of €55 million, but would only let the 29-year-old leave if they found a replacement, with Thomas another alternative.

"You get tired of being criticized with reason and without reason, you get tired of wanting to be defeated, you get tired of saying to yourself "I'll get up again" after crying after a defeat, and you get tired of telling the world and people who are with you, that everything is going well", Sanchez wrote.

'But he is strong mentally and hopefully he will be back very quickly to his best'.

"I have the 7 number of Chile and it's a huge responsibility, so I feel sorry for the pundits to criticise without knowing".

Sanchez's contract runs out at the end of the season and Guardiola was asked about a potential transfer in January.

"The players have no clarity". Are they in or are they out? Are they half in?

'The players who are tapped up in October, they already start to think, 'Where do I go in January?'

Alexis Sanchez has been included in Arsenal's squad for this season's Europa League campaign.

"We had to sell somebody. I wouldn't have wanted to play for a reason like this, an injury to a team-mate, but you always have to be prepared".

Earlier this week, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin gave his support to making the close-season player trading period shorter. In fact, anything but.