Arsene Wenger 'not super optimistic' Alexis Sanchez will extend Arsenal stay

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is uncertain whether the club can convince Alexis Sanchez to sign a new contract.

Mail Online reports that the improved offer will see Sanchez earn £300,000-a-week at the Emirates if he puts pen to paper.

Manchester City have been linked with a move for the Chile worldwide all summer while Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich have also expressed an interest.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday he has had no contact with Paris Saint-Germain regarding Alexis Sanchez, who will miss the start of the season through injury.

But the Gunners boss has also publicly stated he remains confident both Ozil and Sanchez will remain at Arsenal for the upcoming season.

The 28-year-old appeared to push for a move last month by reiterating his desire to play in the Champions League, but there is a renewed optimism in north London that he will now stay.

"He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training".

Asked if any bids had been lodged for Sanchez, the Frenchman replied: "I can't tell you that at the moment".

The 23-year-old England global has struggled to secure a regular place since arriving at Arsenal six years ago, but Wenger believes the winger has the potential to become a great player.

But, according to the Mirror, Arsenal are anxious Sanchez, might revive his efforts to leave the club before the end of the month.

"To win like we did will only strengthen it and overall we have good ingredients in the squad and it is a good opportunity again to show it away from home".

That Wenger is not going into the new campaign with the fans still at his throat owes much to Arsenal's strong finish to last season. "I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere back, Mesut Ozil - we have plenty of the same type of players".

Vanessa Coleman

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