Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed midfielder Alexis Sanchez will definitely stay with the club for another season after their sensational 2-1 victory over Manchester City in FA Cup semifinal.
The Chilean has been heavily speculated to leave the Gunners at the end of the season as he will be into his final year of contract next season and have not signed a new contract with the club yet.
All major European clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Manchester City and Chelsea are credited with an interest to sign the 28-year old who have had a fine season with the Gunners this year.
Sanchez has once again proved his worth to the club by scoring the winner against Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinal. Wenger is keen to keep the forward at the club but Sanchez will only begin negotiations over a new contract in summer.
‘He will be here next year because he has a contract & hopefully we will manage to extend him.
‘He is an animal, always ready to kill the opponent. He will never give up,’ Wenger said after the game.
Arsenal were heavily criticized for their poor showings in the last couple of months as they have failed in Champions League and Premier League and are a doubt to finish in the top four this season. However, Wenger was very pleased with the performance as the players have turned up in the big match against Manchester City which will see them in third FA Cup final in last four years.
‘People questioned us, we went through tough times. In these times, you can be divided or united,’ he added. ‘We have shown the right response.
‘When at Arsenal Football Club, we want the team to turn up in big games & I think we done that today. Overall, I am very pleased.’
Arsenal would be underdogs in the coveted cup final as they face their bitter rivals Chelsea who are in sensational form as they have been the most dominant side in England this season and it would take a lot of character from Gunners to win their record FA Cup title.