Arsene Wenger continues to insist Alexis Sanchez is staying at Arsenal, and he fully expects the forward to be as committed as ever in the coming season.
The Chile international is in the final 12 months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, and has so far shown no indication that he is prepared to extend his stay with the capital club. Indeed, it has even been suggested he would take a lesser wage to link up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
Wenger, though, has maintained his stance that Sanchez is simply not for sale and, with the season getting under way in less than a week, it looks as though the French coach could keep his word. Although with the window open for the best part of another month, it could be an anxious few weeks for the Gunners.
If the 28-year-old remains at the club there is sure to be questions about his commitment to a side he no longer wants to play for. But when challenged on such an issue, Wenger was adamant that the former Barcelona forward would prove his dedication to the cause whenever called upon.
“Of course. Why not?” said the 67-year-old. “My conviction – and if you look well – it’s always in your interests, even if you have a short contract, to do well and the kind of character he is. He is a winner. When he goes on the football pitch, he wants to win. He is a guy who loves football.”