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Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal forward’s future decided in next 48 hours – Arsene Wenger

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Alexis Sanchez was on the bench for the first leg of Arsenal’s League Cup semi-final in midweek

The future of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez will be decided imminently after he was left out of the squad to face Bournemouth on Sunday.

The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a January move to Manchester City.

However, Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked.

Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal forward’s future decided in next 48 hours – Arsene Wenger
Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal forward’s future decided in next 48 hours – Arsene Wenger

“He’s being vague at the moment. The situation is not completely decided one way or the other, so I left him at home,” said boss Arsene Wenger.

Asked if a decision was imminent, Wenger said: “Yes. Don’t read too much in it because even I don’t know which way it will go.”

City are unwilling to match the Gunners’ £35m asking price, while United boss Jose Mourinho said on Friday that Sanchez is a “phenomenal player”.

He added: “What we believe is there are some players in the football world, if you have the chance to sign them in January, March or July, you have to try. And that’s it.”

French giants Paris St-Germain have also been linked with Sanchez, but the player’s preference is to join City.

It is understood Arsenal’s hierarchy have accepted that Sanchez is likely to depart after three and a half years at Emirates Stadium.

However, the Gunners are reluctant to sell without replacing the Chile international and their first choice is Bordeaux’s 20-year-old Brazilian forward Malcom.

If a deal cannot be agreed with any club, Sanchez will be able to leave when his contract expires in the summer – a situation Arsenal are keen to avoid as they would receive nothing.

Sanchez almost joined City for about £60m on the final day of the summer window, only for the transfer to collapse when Arsenal failed to sign Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar.

Sanchez’s time at Arsenal
July 2014 – joins Arsenal for £35m from Barcelona on a four-year deal, despite interest from Liverpool and Juventus
May 2015 – finishes the season as Arsenal’s top scorer with 25 goals, including a goal in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa
May 2016 – finishes season with 17 goals, despite missing over a month with a hamstring injury, but the Gunners fail to win a trophy
May 2017 – top scores for Arsenal again, with 30, as they win the FA Cup but fail to qualify for the Champions League
August 2017 – agrees a £55m move to Manchester City, but Arsenal cancel the deal when they fail to sign Thomas Lemar to replace him
January 2018 – after the forward scores eight goals in the first half of the season, City again consider signing him with six months left on his deal

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