Wenger: Sanchez respects call to keep him at Arsenal

Beth Cruz
August 7, 2017

I realise the Shield does not count, that the club who wins often fails to win the league.

He continued: "With Sanchez out of the team, that would weaken Arsenal".

ARSENE WENGER concedes Arsenal could never dream of competing with Paris Saint-Germain for the world-record signing of Neymar, admitting "once a country owns a club, everything is possible".

The Chile worldwide is entering the final year of his deal at Emirates Stadium and has stalled on signing a new contract with the Gunners, which has given the impression he wants to leave the club.

Wenger called for Arsenal to take encouragement from the result but guard against the early season stumbles that have hindered them over recent years, although they might have to make do without two key performers.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "It was a pity to lose the FA Cup final against Arsenal after a really great season for us".

Wenger could offer "nothing concrete" on contract negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, both of whom are also inside the final 12 months of their deals.

Their current deals expire next year, which Wenger called an ideal situation. We are happy tonight and that's it. Let's just focus on the next game and try to start well.

According to the Mirror, the Chilean has accepted the Gunners will not sell him, and is resigned to staying at the club for one more season.

"My conviction - and if you look well - it's always in your interests, even if you have a short contract, to do well". "It will become common for one single reason: the inflation rate is so high on wages and the agent will speculate on high wages three or four years before the end of a contract".

The match between FA Cup winners Arsenal and Premier League champions Chelsea was originally due to kick off at the traditional time of 3pm but it has now been brought forward to 2pm.

Francis Coquelin will definitely miss out against Chelsea after hurting his ankle in Arsenal's friendly against Benfica, while Gabriel and Santi Cazorla are long-term absentees.

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