Arsene Wenger believes that the winger will make a decision on his future soon amid interest from both Manchester City and Manchester United
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] .”