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ARSENE WENGER has finally admitted Alexis Sanchez could be sold to Manchester City before the transfer window shuts.
And the Arsenal boss also could not guarantee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t be joining Chelsea.
The Gunners boss has been adamant all summer his stars would not be sold to Premier League title rivals.
But asked if he could a 100 per cent assurance that Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain and even Mesut Ozil would still be at the Emirates beyond August 31, Wenger replied: “One hundred per cent never exists in our job.”
Manchester City have been monitoring Chile ace Sanchez all summer and are expected to up their initial £50m bid by a further £10m.
And Chelsea look set to raise their offer for Oxlade-Chamberlain to £40m, having already gone to £35m.
The Arsenal boss is still crossing his fingers the trio of stars will remain at the club, adding: “I think all the three will stay. I will fight for them to stay.”
But Wenger hinted the Arsenal board could cave in if the offers became too tempting, especially as all three players are in the final year of their contracts.
Wenger said the policy of not selling to title rivals was his decision, but added: “After the board has to, of course, agree with me.
“And if they don’t agree we have to consider it as well, and I will accept it. But the board is behind me on that.”
But in a further hint that policy could be ditched if the price is right Wenger brought up the controversial decision to sell Robin van Persie to Manchester United.
He admitted: “You analyse the age and the money you get. And I don’t say I never do it because I did it with Van Persie, when he was at the end of his contract and Man United played good money (£24m).