Sanchez "half in, half out" of Arsenal, says Wenger


Forward Alexis Sanchez will leave Arsenal in January if a suitable offer arrives and a replacement is secured.

Manchester United or City?

Guardiola's bid to buy Sanchez collapsed at the end of the summer transfer window and City were favourites to land him this time around but the club are apparently unwilling to meet Arsenal's reported 35 million ($48 million, 39 million euros) asking price.

"Alexis would have played", said Wenger, after Arsenal leaked two goals in five minutes to slip to defeat.

It doesn't take much for some Arsenal fans to call for Arsene Wenger to end his tenure as manager.

"As a professional, you'd have to say that the balance of power is starting to come back to an even keel nearly and then going City's way". "If it's me in charge or somebody else, you can only do what is best for the club".

Wenger admitted a bidding war could help Arsenal but said that was not the current situation.

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"The team that fights against relegation will fight and you can not afford any concentration mistake".

"We don't believe in signing a player just to sign a player, just to do something.We don't believe in that".

Asked if there was "anything more concrete" on Malcom he said: 'No - sorry'.

Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville said Sanchez would be an "absolutely unbelievable signing" for the Old Trafford club.

'If Sanchez goes, we need to replace him. "I have a good relationship with Theo and I don't want him to be frustrated or lose an opportunity to go to the World Cup". "This could be a quick fall from grace and Arsenal could be the new Everton next season". It seems inevitable that Sanchez will depart this month, leaving the team without its game-changer and top scorer from last season.

Wenger said he does not want the 28-year-old to leave, but conceded he can not guarantee the forward playing time and an unlikely route into Gareth Southgate's England squad for the World Cup.