Wenger denies reports of Sanchez row

The 28-year-old was reported to have stormed off the training pitch last week before becoming involved in an angry confrontation with his team-mates, but he took part in training on Monday and shook hands with Wenger before the session. "It was a odd game to leave him out of, it baffled me".

Wenger has maintained he would make a decision on his future either this month or next and said any recent performances would not sway his thinking.

Wenger denied that a training ground feud was the reason for Sanchez's omission from the Gunners' starting line-up at Liverpool on Saturday, but conceded the Chile playmaker was prone to "excessive behaviours".

It's the latest blow for the Gunners, which comes on the heels of big losses to Chelsea in the Premier League and Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Wenger would not discuss Sanchez's mood after the game although TV pictures appeared to show him looking disgruntled on the Arsenal bench during the first period. "I think when it doesn't go well these things are interpreted negatively". "But I understand that you have to fill the newspapers and we respect that", added Wenger. That is not a bad thing but it took us time to adjust.

- The Daily Telegraph's James Ducker writes that Manchester City are interested in signing Sanchez, presumably because they don't have enough players capable of playing as a wide forward. "I believe his agent is probably on the phone to people now", said Wright.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to sign a new contract with the club but must convince Alexis Sanchez to do the same, according to former striker Niall Quinn.

He joined Arsenal from Barcelona in a £31.7million deal in the summer of 2014, and has since become the club's best and most consistent performer.

"I wanted us to play direct and by direct I mean to win the ball in the air and to win the second ball".

"Short-term happiness is easier to get than long-term happiness", said Arsene Wenger when talking about Alexis Sanchez's emotional state and whether he wants to stay at the club. A happy performer on the football front is a player who comes out of a game and has won it and has performed well. Let's not project ourselves too far. If he is a problem and he's not great around the place if you make that decision.

  • Julie Sanders