Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wenger: Sanchez Is Totally Focused

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wenger: Sanchez Is Totally Focused

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ARSENE Wenger has defended Alexis Sanchez and insisted the Arsenal forward's omission from the starting line-up at Chelsea was "nothing to do with the transfer market."

The former Barcelona forward is out of contract in the summer and is free to speak to foreign clubs over a pre-contract agreement, while he has been repeatedly linked with a switch to Manchester City.

Speaking after the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg 0-0 stalemate at Stamford Bridge, when Sanchez came off the substitutes' bench, Wenger said: "People don't know Alexis Sanchez.

"This is a guy completely focused on playing football.

"The performance of Sanchez and the commitment does not depend on the duration of his contract, it just depends on the fact when he's on the football pitch he wants to play.

"He can make a difference between what's going on outside and what's going on on the football pitch.

"When you come on to the pitch you play football and give 100 per cent. …

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