Sanchez left out of Arsenal squad

Alexis Sanchez appears certain to leave Arsenal

He then confirmed that Sanchez was left out of the trip to the Liberty Stadium as he was on the brink of finalising a move, with Manchester City also in the mix to sign the player who will be out of contract next summer.

Asked if Sanchez will be replaced if he leaves, Wenger said: "Yes".

"It was hard for him because he was on standby a little bit".

Wenger admitted on Friday that Sanchez would not be signing a new deal, paving the way for him to leave the club in the current transfer window, adding that a bidding war could help Arsenal. He is on standby so I decided not to bring him today. It is likely that the wantaway striker will be playing for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, with just the small matter of "when" to be ironed out, and former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand seems to think so.

But United have emerged as genuine rivals to City in the pursuit of Sanchez, with Jose Mourinho's side reportedly willing to meet Arsenal's asking price and secure an immediate transfer. An article from 2010 on Goal's website reveals that Sanchez may have unknown feelings for the Red Devils, ones which mean a move to Old Trafford could be right up his street.

"The team that fights against relegation will fight and you can not afford any concentration mistake".

"If players like Sanchez go we have of course to respond. You want to focus on the players that are on the pitch and can do well for the club".

"It will nearly be a relief once it is out of the way and he can concentrate on those players that he knows are going to be here for the foreseeable future". "There is nothing concrete on Malcom yet".

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