Arsene Wenger has admitted that the Alexis Sanchez deal to Manchester United is “likely” to happen – and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will move to Arsenal.
United have offered Mkhitaryan in a straight swap for Sanchez after the Chilean told Arsenal he will not sign a new deal and wants to move to Old Trafford on a contract worth in excess of £400,000-a-week.
Here are what Gunners Boss, Arsene Wenger told reporters.
ON ALEXIS SANCHEZ LEAVING FOR MAN UTD
“I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years, so it is likely to happen. But at any moment, at any minute, things can break down. That’s how the transfer market is.
“As long as it’s not over the line, you have to accept that it can as well not happen. These kind of things are never guaranteed.”
MKHITARYAN JOINING ARSENAL
“My understanding, yes.
Yes, of course. If it’s a possibility, it’s because I like the player.
“We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund. He certainly appreciated the quality of our game and the way we play football. That’s why certainly he loves the club as well.
ON MKHITARYAN’S WAGES
“No, the wages would not be a problem. Look, this would be an exchange of players, and I think one would replace the other. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”
ON PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG
“I have nothing to add to that. These kind of things, it’s better when it’s secret and when you don’t come out on it, and when you announce it when it’s over the line.
ANY OTHER CLOSE DEAL?
“Apart from the deal we just spoke about, Alexis and Mkhitaryan could happen, yes, but nothing else is close.”
DESPITE HIS BAD BOY REPUTATION, WOULD AUBAMEYANG FIT IN AT ARSENAL?
“Yes, because character can be a very positive note and it can be a very negative note”.
“I believe overall you look at the achievements of a player during his career and usually, when a career has been very positive, the character has been sued in a positive way.”
IS JOHNNY EVANS COMING?
“There as well, nothing to add at the moment.”
ARSENAL ARE NOT ON THE SAME LEVEL AS THE MANCHESTER CLUBS
“Financially, yes. That doesn’t mean that you cannot compete on the pitch. That will not be an excuse big enough to not compete on the pitch. Of course, there’s no mystery that United and City have bigger financial resources.
AT UNITED, SANCHEZ COULD BECOME ONE OF THE BEST PAID PLAYERS IN EUROPE
“I wouldn’t like to comment on the numbers because that’s Manchester United’s problem. If they want to come out with the numbers they’ve offered to Sanchez… I respect Manchester United because they generate the money they pay to the players from their own resources. You have to respect that.
“After that, it’s down to them to know how much they want to give to the player. Overall, Manchester United is a club that is very well managed financially and on the pitch as well.
That’s why I don’t have any problems with the money they pay.
FOOTBALL IS VERY PREDICTABLE NOW
“Modern football has created a kind of game where the best players in the game are grouped to a various small number of clubs. That makes football less unpredictable and much more predictable.
I would say the gap in financial resources between the biggest clubs and the smaller clubs has increased tremendously in the last five years.
ON ALEXIS SANCHEZ’S COMMITMENT
“They are professional players. I have no problem with Alexis Sanchez. His attitude has been outstanding with us. He was in training yesterday, fully committed and prepared 100 per cent.
“One thing you cannot question about Alexis Sanchez is his professionalism and his commitment. After that, he’s 29 years old and the next contract will of course be very important for him.”