Wenger’s words on possible exits
Arsene Wenger had the following to say about players who are rumoured to be exiting Arsenal during the remaining weeks of the transfer window.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is subject to strong links to a £35 million switch to Chelsea but the manager said:
“I rate him highly, he is one of the players who is on his way up and has made huge progress. Personally, I want him to stay here for a long time.”
On Alexis Sanchez, Wenger admitted there had been ‘no progress’ with the ongoing contract talks. Whether the Chilean star will stay for the final year of his contract or leave before the end of the month still seems to be up in the air. One thing which is certain however is that Sanchez will miss the weekends trip to Stoke.
“It looks a little early but he is working hard in training.
“His recovery is going well. It is a muscular strain so you have to be careful.”
And on forgotten man Lucas Perez he will not stand in the Spaniard’s way if he wants to leave, saying:
“I’ve opened the door for him.”
Injury news ahead of Stoke game
It is confirmed that Alexis will miss the Stoke game as he continues to recover from his muscle strain but the club believes he will be back for the Liverpool match. There was, however, some positive news ahead of the trip to Staffordshire as three defensive minded players are available for selection. Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi and Francis Coquelin have all recovered from their injury concerns and are in contention for Stoke away.
Shutting window early won’t stop players wanting to leave after season starts
Arsene Wenger believes that closing the English transfer window before the start of the season will not solve players wanting to leave. With the majority of European leagues still having an active window until September they will still be able to make moves for players but with English clubs unable to replace them. Premier League clubs will vote next month on whether to move the window from its original position several games into the season. Although in favour of changing the window Wenger doesn’t believe it will change much saying:
“I believe usually people adapt to the rule and if the rule is clear and makes sense, people will adapt to it. Let’s not forget that people who are not happy will sometimes go abroad, to different countries and that will not stop. The transfer abroad will still take place if the other countries continue to be open until the August 31 so it might still have some problems that we face today.”
Villa could make move for Wilshere
Aston Villa will look to bring in Jack Wilshere to add some extra quality to their promotion push. The midfielder has less than a year remaining on his contract and could leave for free at the end of the season. Although it is not yet certain if the club will allow Jack to leave the club permanently, Villa are looking to position themselves at the top of the list should a deal be tabled. Having spent the majority of last season on loan to regain some fitness Wilshere’s season ended early following another injury. Arsene Wenger has come out today however and stated that he wants Jack to remain at the club this season.