Arsene Wenger: Arsenal's mind is made up — Alexis Sanchez is not for sale

 
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Alexis Sanchez will not be sold this summer, despite the Chilean's apparent desire to play in the Champions League.

Sanchez's Arsenal contract expires next year and the forward was quoted in the Chilean media earlier this week saying he wanted to play in and win Europe's elite competition.

The Gunners are preparing for their first season outside of the Champions League since 1996 after they finished fifth last season.

Yet even with the looming risk that the 28-year-old could walk out of his contract at the end of the campaign, Wenger says the player is not for sale.

"The decision has been made and we will stick to that," said the Frenchman. "The decision is not to sell."

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Wenger poured cold water on Sanchez's Champions League comments and argued that the Premier League is now a bigger priority.

"I don't give too much importance to things that are translated, you know," he said.

"The whole interview that I got didn't really mean that. The main focus for us is to concentrate on the Premier League and the Premier League for me today is more important than the Champions League.

"We rested sometimes players in the group stages of the Champions League for the Premier League so that's become the bigger importance for us.

"We played 20 years in the Champions League, that's 17 years before Sanchez arrived and three years with him so he can get us back there."

One Arsenal player who does appear to have been been given the green light to leave Emirates Stadium this summer is goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who has joined Juventus in a £10m deal.

The 27-year-old impressed in Italy last season while at Juve's Serie A rivals Roma, where he kept more clean sheets than any other keeper in the league.

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