Wenger denies Sanchez training-ground spat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied a rift between Alexis Sanchez and his team-mates after reports over a training-ground row emerged before Saturday's 3-1 loss to Liverpool.

It is alleged that Sanchez left training early and exchanged angry words with some of his fellow players, before the row escalated in the club's dressing room.

It appears the Chile international was then left out of the defeat to the Reds as a result, although Wenger denies that this is the case.

The Frenchman told reporters: "I'm not aware, nothing happened. I explained after the game I decided to go for a more direct option – that was the unique reason for my decision.

"He is a committed player and sometimes with excessive behaviours but you have had that many times in the history of every squad."

Wenger also pointed out that Sanchez's future remained in London, despite talk of him leaving the club with Paris Saint-Germain said to be interested.

"Alexis Sanchez has 15 months on his contract so the decision will depend on Arsenal Football Club, not on anyone else," he added.

Sanchez also broke his silence on the matter on his Instagram account. He did not confirm or deny the reports but posted a quote from English writer GK Chesterton that suggested he was united with his Arsenal team-mates: