Wenger: Sanchez ‘wants to play’

Arsene Wenger has been impressed with Alexis Sanchez’s professionalism since his return to London saying that he believes the striker loves playing for Arsenal.

The long-serving Gunners boss is of the opinion that Sanchez’s ongoing contract saga may work out to favour both the player and the club.

It is widely expected that Sanchez will depart The Emirates at the end of this season, with the Chile international reluctant to commit his future to Arsenal and the club equally reluctant to sell their star forward.

“I think what is good is that our mutual interest is that he does well for us,” Wenger told reporters. “His interest is to do well. On top of that I deeply feel that he loves to be here and he loves the club. 

“He arrives at a stage at 28, 29 where of course he looks at the quality of his contract, but I think he deeply loves to be here,” the Frenchman continued.

“He wants to play,” Wenger continued. “In a professional job, I always think that you have to make sure with your commitment that the guy who pays you gets what he is paying you for. 

“Alexis is in that mode and I think he will be until the last day he is here, he will give his best,” he added.

Wenger also discussed the return of Laurent Koscielny, who is expected to make his first appearance of the new season following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a suspension picked up in the final league clash of last season.

“It’s been very hard [for him] because I didn’t even consider him for friendly games because I had to play some defenders. I think what hurt him a lot was to miss the cup final,” Wenger said, referring to the Gunners’ FA Cup win over Chelsea.