Wenger releases bombshell on Sanchez

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger appears to have given up hope of keeping Alexis Sanchez as he has admitted it doesn’t look likely the player will sign a new contract.

Sanchez, whose contracts comes to an end at the end of the season, has not hidden his desire to leave the Emirates Stadium and has not featured for the Gunners this term, and is unlikely to be fit to face Stoke on Saturday despite returning to training this week.

But Wenger admitted that he is not so optimistic that Sanchez will sign a new deal and stay but is adamant that they will not sell this summer.

When asked whether he thought Sanchez would sign a new deal, Wenger added: “Look, at the moment no, because we have not progressed on that front.

“At the moment he is a player who goes into the final year of his contract and prepares for the season. We have not made any progress on the other front.

“That is a consequence (leaving for free) of what I say, yes, unfortunately. But we have to make a choice between efficiency on the field and financial interest and most of the time if you can find a good compromise, it’s better.

“But in this case, I think I prioritise the fact that he will be useful on the sporting side.”

Wenger says Jack Wilshere will stay for the final year but is still not ready for first team action.

“I think he needs games now. He might play again on Monday night (for the under-23s) but overall, what is important for him is the natural progression to be completely fit. He is not far away now.”

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