Sanchez needs space to decide future - Mertesacker

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez has reiterated his desire to play in the Champions League as he made his latest plea to Arsenal to let him leave the club.

Sanchez says: "The decision isn't only mine... now I'm waiting for Arsenal to reply and tell what they want".

"I do [think they'll struggle], Arsenal need to be in the top four", the ex-England global, 49, added.

"I won't tell you when I finally made a decision to sign because I don't even know personally".

"I want to play in the Champions League".

"He needs a break now", Mertesacker told reporters during the club's pre-season tour.

"For now I'm at Arsenal, my contract ends next year".

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez should be left alone to decide his future, captain Per Mertesacker has said.

He is now on an extended break following Confederations Cup duty with his national side and speculation is rife that he will quit the Emirates.

"He has his qualities, you can not find those everywhere".

One player whose future is less clear is Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth. He has one more year here and then he makes his mind up. Arsène Wenger spoke of positive text messages with the 28-year old, while saying that he expected Alexis to respect his contract, and even hinted at the possibility that Alexis could still yet sign an extension.

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said: "We have not received any offers for the player". As long as I am there, I want to play and contribute. When we come to games, you will see the reaction.

I really don't know what I would do in Wenger's situation, but I DO know that this needs to be sorted out quickly....

"No, a lot that comes out [about] Alexis doesn't look completely right!"

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