Arsenal headed into the final week of the summer transfer window with three key players on their final year of their contracts- Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil. However, Wenger is unsure if he will play any part against the team for whom he made 27 appearances last term before seeing his season-long loan cut short by another fractured fibula.
"He will be back very quickly to his best", said the Frenchman. The most important for us now is to focus on the next game.
"I believe the transfer market is over, there was a lot going on on that front so overall it's very hard for me to speak about that because the most important for us now is to focus on the next game".
"In the players' minds they have no clarity, it's not a way to work", he said. Are they in or out? He wrote: "You are tired when somebody criticizes you with reason or without, you are tired of wanting to be defeated, you are tired of saying to yourself "once more I need to get up" while crying after defeat. We are grateful for what the have done for the club, but what matters is always the players on the pitch who can defend the pride of the club".
Sanchez returned to the Arsenal starting lineup, but was unable to stop a 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool.
Arsenal attempted to bring Thomas Lemar to the club from Monaco in a deal reportedly worth £90million, before the France global opted to remain with the Ligue 1 champions. The Gunners will face off against Bournemouth on Saturday, September 9, at the Emirates Stadium.
"He chose to stay in Monaco and we have to respect that".
"He is an exceptional football player".
"Sanchez is an emotional player who seems incredibly low at the moment as a result of not getting what he wants". We all complain today that it has become too much a business, but we can do something about it.