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11 July 2017

Arsene Wenger warns Manchester City he will fight to keep Alexis Sanchez away from Premier League rivals

ARSENE WENGER has warned Manchester City he will fight to keep Alexis Sanchez away from Premier League rivals.

The Arsenal boss has piled the pressure on keeping his star man by insisting the contract-rebel will stay at the club.

Arsene Wenger spoke at Arsenal's opening press conference of their tour of Australia and the Far East
Arsene Wenger spoke at Arsenal’s opening press conference of their tour of Australia and the Far East
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Alexis Sanchez has been in action for Chile in the Confederations Cup
Alexis Sanchez has been in action for Chile in the Confederations Cup
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Wenger previously insisted Robin van Persie was going nowhere – but the Dutchman ended up at Manchester United.

He said: “The players have contracts and we expect them to respect them – that’s what we want.

“It is a continuation of what I said at the end of last season, that you wouldn’t sell him to a Premier League club.”

Wenger, speaking in Sydney on the club’s pre-season tour, confirmed Arsenal are in for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

But he also says Sanchez is part of his plans next season and could even sign a contract extension.

He added: “You have to make up your mind. I think the easiest way to manage in the final year – it is in his interests to do as well as he can.

Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players were welcomed to Sydney Harbour
Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players were welcomed to Sydney Harbour
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Arsene Wenger faced a similar situation with Robin van Persie before the Dutchman moved to Manchester United in 2012
Arsene Wenger faced a similar situation with Robin van Persie before the Dutchman moved to Manchester United in 2012
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“Nobody knows today if he will be in the final year next season because he can extend the contract with us at the start or during the season so it is not necessarily the last year of his contract at Arsenal Football Club.”

Wenger is also ready to keep Olivier Giroud at the club despite being behind Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order after the French striker arrived for £52.6million from Lyon.

He said: “We extended his contract last year. Our resolution is clear. He’s been great value to the squad and I think he is a great lover of the club. He’s always been very determined to stay.

Alexis Sanchez was Arsenal's best attacking player last season but could not stop them being humiliated in the Champions League knockout rounds by Bayern Munich
Alexis Sanchez was Arsenal’s best attacking player last season but could not stop them being humiliated in the Champions League knockout rounds by Bayern Munich
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“It’s always the same problem – when you have one striker people ask ‘why don’t buy another?’ and when you have two or three they say they will be unhappy because there is too much competition.

“That’s part of the job. We are in a job where we are very lucky to do what we love but it is competitive job and that means the players have to accept competition and my decisions as well, unfortunately.”

Lacazette is set to make his Arsenal debut on Thursday against Sydney FC.


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New signing Alexandre Lacazette tries on his new Arsenal kit
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