Arsene Wenger has ruled out selling Alexis Sanchez to Chelsea and says that Arsenal losing players to their rivals is a thing of the past.
The Chile star has been linked with a move across London to the champions-elect after claiming on Wednesday that he wanted to stay in the capital and play for a team with a “winning mentality”.
Wenger though was asked about the future of Sanchez and Mesut Ozil ahead of Sunday’s tussle with Man City and claimed he believes both players want to stay at the club.
“Once you go into the final two or three months of the season, everybody is focused on the season,” said Wenger.
“You give yourself a moment to relax. I personally believe both of them want to stay.
“I hope the club will find an agreement with them.”
The Gunners boss then attempted to end the talk of a move across the capital for 28-year-old Sanchez.
“It happened before when we had to sell our best players,” added Wenger. “But that’s not the case any more.
“He has one and half years contract. I don’t think it is an immediate concern for Arsenal.”
When pressed again about a move across the capital, Wenger continued: “He’s already at London’s top club.”
Sanchez, who has 15 months left on his Gunners deal, is keen to stay to the end of that contract.
Speaking to Chilean media while on international duty, and quoted in Publimetro, he said: “I am happy in London and hope to finish my contract there.
“I’d like to stay in the city but with a team that is winning things, that has a winning mentality.
“I’m 28 years old, I still have a lot of years ahead of me. I am a player who looks after himself.”
Wenger urged caution over the Sanchez statement and insisted that Sanchez is happy in north London.
Reacting to the statement, he said: “In a positive way, there’s only one team in London, so he’s happy.
“I have not a lot to add. I think he’s happy here. We have not extended his contract, I hope he will stay at the club.
“You have to be cautious when they give interviews in their home country. The interpretation is not always correct.”
Sanchez has also been linked with Juventus, Paris St Germain, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Both Sanchez and Ozil should be fit to face City after doubts emerged over the duo.
Sanchez picked up a knock on international duty, but WEnger believes he will be fit to face Pep Guardiola’s men.
“No, we got a message from him. It was a kick. We didn’t know if the ligament was touched or not.
“Bone bruising. He could normally play.”
Speaking about Ozil, he said: “He is in contention to start again. He played 20 minutes against Azerbaijan.
“He has worked very hard this week.”
The Gunners boss admitted Santi Cazorla’s season is finished.
“I think the season is over for him,” added Wenger.
“We have lost Petr Cech. Apart form that Cazorla, Perez. That should basically be it.”