Arsene Wenger conceded Alexis Sanchez’s future remains uncertain after the forward again excelled in Arsenal’s 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace. After the Frenchman’s record-equalling 810th fixture as a Premier League manager, he also reiterated plans to hold contract talks with the improving Jack Wilshere. On the same evening Wenger drew level with the record set by Sir Alex Ferguson, from inside his own half Wilshere played the classy ball that released Sanchez beyond Palace’s defence to score his second goal and Arsenal’s third.
His growing influence again demonstrated the importance of securing his future at a time when, like Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, unless Arsenal make progress he will be able to leave for free at the season’s end. Asked of Sanchez, who has long interested league leaders Manchester City , the 68-year-old Wenger responded: “Nobody knows what will happen. It’s difficult to speculate.
“We are focused on short term, that means the next game with the players committed and ready to fight. It’s not a guarantee of how long you stay somewhere. As long as you are somewhere, you give your best.