WENGER CLAIMS THAT SANCHEZ IS AFTER MONEY, BUT INSISTS HIS SQUAD CAN COPE WITHOUT HIM.

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Gunners Boss claims that Alexis Sanchez’s imminent departure to Old Trafford is because the Old Trafford hierarchy are willing to match his mouthwatering demands.

Arsene Wenger also admitted that the whole Alexis Sanchez saga has been “destabilising” for the club and the other players have been weighed down by “uncertainty.”

The Chilean is set to be announced as a Manchester United’s player in the next 24 hours; with Henrik Mkhitaryan heading to North London.

When asked whether the uncertainty has destabilised some of the players, Wenger replied bluntly: “Yes. Not the other players, just the team.

“You work in a newspaper and there are periods when the atmosphere is less enjoyable than others. It is the lack of clarity.

“It is not losing players, teams are used to that. But it is fact you have uncertainty in the group – that they don’t know if he will be here or not. Once it is clear, the team gets used to it.

“There is always life. Arsenal Football Club is 130 years old and many big players have left. Will it go a bit less good? We will see.”

Wenger added: “We have a strong squad that does not depend on one player. Let’s not forget that if Alexis Sanchez goes, somebody else will come in who has quality as well.

“It is not that we are only losing a player, we are gaining one as well. And we are still active in the transfer market and trying to bring players in.

“We have tried to find the best possible solution and that is we lose a world class player but we did not lose him without getting somebody after.”

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has insisted Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United is all about money.
The Gunners boss Wenger claimed 29-year-old Sanchez went to Old Trafford for one last pay day at the end of his career and the fact even Manchester City could not afford him proves it.

Sanchez left Arsenal for a mega £400,000-a-week contract, £15m signing-on fee and his four-and-a-half year deal will make him the best paid player in the Premier League.

Wenger said: “I cannot understand anybody wanting to leave Arsenal. But in 30 years of doing transfers you learn a lot about human beings.

“As a professional, it was perhaps his last contract at the top level and an important contract. After that, I accept that because we accepted that we would let him go.

After that, we analyse the pros and the cons.
“We did what we tried to do and went as far as we could. Even Manchester City moved out of it in the end. That tells you we had no chance to give him a contract.”

Arsenal are equally in advanced talks to sign Borussia Dortmund’s star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And Wenger is quite confident he will play the Gabonese superstar alongside his other offensive players.

“How do I fit them in?”asked Wenger. “I just play the good players. They can always play together. Today all the players we had on the pitch were attacking players. Iwobi, Ozil, Wilshere, Lacazette, Xhaka – they are all offensive players.”

Then when pressed on Aubameyang, Wenger added: “We are not as far as having to think about that. You create that problem at the moment!”

However, Wenger insists Ozil’s uncertainty is different to that of, Sanchez.

He added: “He [Ozil] will be here until the end of the season, for sure. Afterwards it depends if we find an agreement or not.”

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