Ar­se­nal seek­ing fresh blood but Sanchez stays: Wenger

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Ar­se­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger said yes­ter­day he wants to make more new sign­ings be­fore the sea­son be­gins next month and bat­ted away fresh doubts about the fu­ture of Alexis Sanchez. Wenger is un­der pres­sure af­ter the Pre­mier League side failed to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League for the first time in 20 years, and he is also deal­ing with per­sis­tent doubts about sev­eral of his star play­ers. Chief among them is the fu­ture of at­tacker Sanchez, who has a year left on his Ar­se­nal con­tract but is stalling over an ex­ten­sion. Wenger said that rather than sell his best play­ers, he is in the mar­ket to add to his squad.

“We are still open to strength­en­ing our team with play­ers com­ing from out­side,” the French­man, who has al­ready signed de­fender Sead Ko­lasinac and striker Alexan­dre La­cazette this sum­mer, told the Ar­se­nal web­site. “We are very ac­tive in the trans­fer mar­ket and have al­ready re­alised two in­com­ings.

“We have to keep a bal­ance as well, that you don’t desta­bilise the team too much by bring­ing in too many play­ers. “But we are still ac­tive in the trans­fer mar­ket so let’s see what kind of op­por­tu­ni­ties we can find.”

Sep­a­rately, speak­ing at a Shang­hai press con­fer­ence on the eve of a friendly with Bay­ern Mu­nich, Wenger said he paid lit­tle at­ten­tion to more me­dia re­ports link­ing Sanchez with a move away from Ar­se­nal. The 28-year-old was quoted in Chilean me­dia at the week­end as say­ing he wanted to play Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball.

Wenger said he had not spo­ken to the player since the quotes emerged and Sanchez is not on the tour in China as he takes time out on hol­i­day. But Wenger added: “I do not give too much im­por­tance to things that are trans­lated. “From that in­ter­view what I got was that he didn’t re­ally mean that (about leav­ing Ar­se­nal to play Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball). “The main fo­cus for us is the Pre­mier League and the Pre­mier League for me to­day is more im­por­tant than the Cham­pi­ons League. “We played 20 years in the Cham­pi­ons League — 17 years be­fore Sanchez ar­rived and three with him-so he can get us back in it.” — AFP

SHANG­HAI: Ar­se­nal’s for­ward Alexan­dre La­cazette kicks the ball dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion ahead of the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup foot­ball match be­tween Bay­ern Mu­nich and Ar­se­nal in Shang­hai yes­ter­day. Ar­se­nal will play against Bay­ern Mu­nich in Shang­hai to­day. —AFP

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