Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has conceded Alexis Sanchez could leave this month as long as he can bring in a replacement as he prepares for life after the Chile international.
Manchester City and Manchester United both reportedly want to sign the forward, out of contract at the end of the campaign, and he could now be set for a final outing for the Gunners at Bournemouth on Sunday.
Wenger has been linked with Bordeaux’s Brazilian forward Malcom and Thomas Lemar of Monaco as replacements for Sanchez.
When asked by reporters if Sanchez will stay at Arsenal if a replacement is not brought in, Wenger said: “You sum it up very well.”
“Alexis is an exceptional football player, he’s a world-class player and if (he leaves) we have to find a different balance in the team,” he added.
The Arsenal boss said: “I had many conversations about him and we talked about the fact that people are always observing you with a microscope when you’re on a short-term contract, but I’ve never questioned his professional attitude when he’s on the football pitch. Alexis wants to win. When he shows frustration, it’s because we didn’t win.”
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