Arsene Wenger believes that the winger will make a decision on his future soon amid interest from both Manchester City and Manchester United
Alexis Sanchez’s future is expected to be resolved within the next 48 hours, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Manchester City and Manchester United have both been heavily linked with a move to sign Alexis in January and the Chile international was left out of the matchday squad as the Gunners lost 2-1 away to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.
Speaking after the game, Wenger also claimed that a replacement would be signed if Alexis joined either City or United within the next two days, but was non-committal on links with Bordeaux star Malcom.
“It will be decided in the next 48 hours,” said Wenger. “It was difficult for him because he was on standby a little bit.
“If Sanchez goes we need to replace him. When you looked at today we missed many players and you see that they have a big weight in the team.
“Will he go or not? I don’t know. At the moment it’s the transfer window and in this period we try to use the players who are focused on the club.”
Wenger added: “Alexis would have played but it’s a difficult period for him. He has always been committed until now. He could have moved yesterday, today – that’s why I decided not to do it [play him].”