Arsene Wenger confirms the future of Alexis Sanchez to be decided in the next 48 hours.
Sanchez is closing in on a £35million transfer to Manchester United and sat out of the squad as Arsenal lost 2-1 at Bournemouth.
Wenger admitted a move could be imminent but there will be no deal unless he can sign a replacement with United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan as option to the deal.
Arsene Wenger’s said Alexis would have played. ‘But it’s a difficult time for him. He has always been committed until now but he could moved yesterday, today or not.
‘It will be decided in the next 48 hours. It was a bit difficult for him because he was on stand-by, a little bit. That’s why I decided not to do it. He did not refuse to play.’
Mkhitaryan, signed from Borussia Dortmund for £30m in 2016, is greatly admired by Arsenal’s new scout Sven Mislintat, who has joined the London club from Dortmund.
Arsenal are prepared to let Sanchez leave this month, but want a fee of £35m. But the decision to leave him in London is likely to speed up the process of his exit.
United, who are prepared to sacrifice summer bids for Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale to fund a move for Sanchez, have shown a greater appetite to meet the Gunners’ asking price, but Sanchez is said to prefer a move to City.