Arsene Wenger says he takes comments from Alexis Sanchez that he wants to finish his contract with Arsenal as a positive, despite the fact it has led to increased speculation about links with Chelsea.
What the Chilean said has been misreprsented slightly (see today’s Arseblog), but while there are undoubtedly concerns about his future, the Arsenal manager didn’t seem overly concerned at his press conference today.
Asked for his thoughts about what Alexis said, he said he viewed them, ” …in a very positive way, there’s only team in London so he’s happy,” he said.
“I think personally he’s happy here. It’s true that we have not extended his contract yet. I hope that he will stay at the club but overall I think you have as well to be very cautious when people give interviews in their home countries.
“As you said, the interpretation is not always exactly what they wanted to say. I don’t see anything in that – he said he wants to win the championship, that’s what everybody wants. I can understand that completely.”
The Gunners have sold big players to other Premier League clubs in the past, but Wenger pretty much ruled that out this time around and in the future.
“It’s true that it happened before when we were in a position where financially we had to sell our best players, and that’s not the case any more,” he said.
“He has over a year on his contract so it’s not something that’s an immediate concern for Arsenal football club.”
And as talks with Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are on hold until the end of the season, he seemed calm about both situations.
“I think when you go into the final 2 or 3 months of the season everybody’s more focused on the end of the season. Then you give yourself more time inbetween the two seasons.
“You know, they’re not out of contract at the end of the season. I personally believe that both of them want to stay and I hope that the club will find an agreement with them.”