"I knew. I knew Eden wanted to leave, of course, but as I said in every press conference, I wanted to respect his decision", said Sarri.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits missing Champions League qualification is a frustrating blow.
"I know he says he doesn't really mind about it but deep down, believe me, he does".
The Belgian playmaker has always been linked with a move to Real Madrid as his contract nears expiry in the summer of 2020, and is widely expected to depart the London club for Spain at the end of this season.
"You know very well that I love the Premier League, the level of the competition".
"Then in a couple of days we will decide, but I have a contract so at the moment we are talking about nothing".