Wenger says Sanchez Saga Won't Ruin Arsenal
Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez refused to sign a new contract at the London club, he was told to return to the club on Sunday after his extended vacation - he did not show up.
Arsene Wenger insist it won’t cause the club any distraction.
The 28-year-old’s contract at the Emirates stadium ends in 12 months but he obviously want to play Champions League football.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all formally and informally declared interest in wooing Sanchez.
Arsenal midfielders Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also in the final years of their contracts, yet when Wenger was asked if he was concerned, he made it clear he expects his players to stay committed.
"When you are a player you perform until the last day of the contract. Do you really think you sit in the dressing room before a game and say 'oh I've only got a year to go on my contract so I won't play well'," Wenger said.
"If that was true we would sign everybody for 20 years. I'm not convinced the length of the contract has any impact on the performance.
"I am amazed that you are surprised by that. It's an ideal situation. Everybody has to perform."
For the moment, Wenger has to do without Sanchez because the forward has delayed his return to training after going down with flu.
Sanchez has yet to feature in any of Arsenal's pre-season friendlies, including Sunday's 2-1 defeat against Sevilla in the Emirates Cup because he was resting after Confederations Cup duty.
His lack of match action means he is a doubt to feature in next weekend's Community Shield against Chelsea and possibly Arsenal's Premier League opener against Leicester on August 11.
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