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Arsene Wenger has hope Mesut Ozil will stay, but not Alexis Sanchez

14 January 2018

Manchester City and Manchester United both reportedly want to sign the forward, out of contract at the end of the campaign, and he could now be set for a final outing for the Gunners at Bournemouth on Sunday. We do not believe in signing a player just to do something. Okay the club wants £50million, £60m, because they want to replace me, they have to spend £50m or £60m, it will not happen, so I wait and I take a chunk of that contract in signing-on fee.

With speculations filling the transfer market about Sanchez's departure from the Emirates, it will be an interesting transfer saga in the upcoming days.

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Reports of City's decision to abandon their pursuit of Sanchez unless Arsenal and the player himself lower their demands emerged hours before Mourinho addressed the press ahead of Monday's Premier League clash with Stoke City.

But, while Wenger maintains it would be "normal" for Sanchez to stay until his contract elapses at the end of the season, he admitted that "nothing is decided one way or another".

Arsene Wenger is hopeful the blow of Alexis Sanchez's impending exit from Arsenal will be softened by Mesut Ozil agreeing a new deal.

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Will he go to Premier League leaders City or have United found a way to persuade him to choose Old Trafford?

"And I can also understand why, supposedly, Man City would put two fingers up at Arsenal for not selling him back in the summer when they wanted and now playing hard ball".

"I maintain what I said". That makes you a better player.

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United, however, will pay what it takes to land Sanchez and will see it as a major coup to beat their local rivals to one of the most coveted players in Europe.

With Danny Welbeck never looking like he's going on a prolific run, Alex Iwobi attracting the wrong headlines and Alexandre Lacazette going eight games without a goal, things don't look particularly promising on that front. "You conclude that", he said.

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Jose Mourinho isn't exactly the kind of person to shy away from the limelight, give him a chance and he'll make sure the spotlight shines brightly where he wants it to.

Arsene Wenger has hope Mesut Ozil will stay, but not Alexis Sanchez