Money issue is why Sanchez may leave Arsenal - Wenger

Wenger was speaking at a news conference in the build-up to Monday's Premier League game at Crystal Palace, with the Frenchman once again refusing to elaborate on his future at the club.

Arsenal's pre-season plans were mentioned in an attempt to gain some indication that Wenger would indeed be staying on at Arsenal.

Wenger says the club are working to find an agreement with the Chile global, who has 18 Premier League goals this season, and his agent.

"[Ozil was affected] because he is very ambitious - he wants to win the Champions League and he has come out many times saying that", Wenger said.

Wenger went on to say, "I feel for a few weeks now in training that he is really focused again and that comes out in the game".

Arsenal claimed their first Premier League win in nearly two months on Wednesday as they beat West Ham United 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium to move up into fifth place.

With Arsenal still in limbo regarding the future of Arsene Wenger and numerous start players in the squad, there are still plenty of questions that are in need of answering, and none look to be coming particularly soon. "The players first have to see if there are happy at the club, then they have to find an agreement with the finances involved".

He also complemented midfielders Mohammed Elneny and Granit Xhaka's performance in the 3-0 victory over West Ham at the Emirates on Wednesday evening as they dovetailed well as the deep lying defensive pairing. Palace have lost five of their last six against top-six sides, so will be apprehensive about the Gunners' visit. He explained: "In the heart of the game, the quality of the passing [and] the speed of passing in the way we play [was good] - we have quick strikers and it's important we feed them quickly". "It is. And I think the chances of doing either or both of those things are that much better if the fans get behind the team". "We have shown that when we play as a team and as a unit, we are hard to play against and we can get points".

  • Julie Sanders