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Arsene Wenger is certain Alexis Sanchez will remain at Arsenal — and revealed he has been texting the forward throughout the summer.
Sanchez has a year left on his contract and is wanted by Premier League rivals Manchester City.
But the Arsenal manager said he has been in regular contact with the Chilean who, he insists, will stay with the club.
‘Of course,’ Wenger said when asked if Sanchez will remain an Arsenal player. ‘There is not a lot to resolve with the player. I have spoken through text and it was very positive. My thoughts are always positive.’
Does that mean he is convinced Sanchez will stay? Wenger laughs, before saying: ‘Did I not just answer that question?’
It is a far cry from the strain of the previous campaign when the ongoing saga over whether Wenger would sign a new contract split the club’s fanbase in two and saw plenty of vitriolic abuse aimed in his direction.
In his first newspaper interview since signing his new, two-year contract, he quickly points out he has to shoulder the blame for not making an ‘obvious’ decision sooner.