Wenger: Sanchez will stay, and he’ll respect that

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear that star forward Alexis Sanchez has no choice but to respect the club's decision to hold on to him.

The Chile international only has a year left on his contract and has constantly been linked with moves away from the Emirates Stadium, but now appears set to stay.

Wenger has previously revealed that he prefers keeping Sanchez until his contract runs out and then letting him leave for free, rather than sell him this transfer window.

"I will not give anything away on (Sanchez) but the only thing I can tell you is that he is focused, and my decision is clear: he will stay and he will respect that. It is as simple as that," Wenger said, according to talkSPORT.

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"Every negotiation has to be a little bit secret. The transparency of society is very pushy but we have to resist a little bit, as much as we can.

"We know as well we have a duty to inform people, but to talk about some things is not information any more – it is suicide.

"I think he will be here this season, and if we can do it for more seasons we will do it as well.

"The frame of mind of a football player is quite easy. Once you go out and play, you focus on the game and you enjoy it.

"This is a thing that passes quickly, so enjoy every single moment – and he loves the game so much, and what he does."