Sanchez aims for Champions League, admits that rests in Arsenal's hands


Wenger is hopeful Chile global playmaker Sanchez will stay put at the Emirates Stadium in this transfer window despite him entering the final year of his contract and so far seemingly unwilling to pen an extension.

Manchester City continue to be linked with a move for the former Barcelona forward but manager Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board have no plans to allow him to join a domestic rival.

Sanchez conceded over the weekend that his future may lie elsewhere following Arsenal's failure to secure Champions League football.

Despite Wenger wanting Sanchez to see out the remainder of his contract at Arsenal, with European giants prepared to pay upwards of £50m for the 28-year-old, who scored 30 goals for Arsenal last season, a move may still be sanctioned.

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"I have made my decision and now the decision has to be taken by Arsenal", Sanchez was quoted as saying by Chile's Radio Sport. I have to wait to know what they want. The Scottish Premier League champions value Dembele at £30m but believe they could get more in the current climate.

Arsenal's squad are now on a pre-season tour of China where they will play two matches - Sanchez is not present having been given an extended summer break after competing for Chile in the Confederations Cup.

Although Wenger said that he has had a positive response from Sanchez, rumours are suggesting that everyday the player is one step closer to the end of his time with the Gunners. "My thoughts are always positive".