The Chile international has been strongly linked with an exit for much of the last few months due to heading into the final year of his contract with no sign of a renewal.
Wenger’s side only managed to finish fifth in the table, meaning the Frenchman’s lowest finish during his 20-year reign as manager, and no Champions League football for next season.
Speaking at the weekend, Sanchez all but confirmed he was looking to leave by saying: ‘I’ve made my decision, now I wait for Arsenal’s reply. The idea is to play and win the Champions League. I’ve dreamt about it since I was a kid.’
Wenger, however, has remained firm for much of the summer that he had no plans to let the 28-year-old go, and has stressed that once again in his latest update on the transfer saga.
‘The decision has been made and we will stick to that. The decision is not to sell,’ Wenger said.
‘We played 20 years in the Champions League. That’s 17 years before Sanchez arrived and three years with him, so he can get us back in there.’
This came in response to Sanchez’s statement at the weekend, which Wenger feels may have been a mistranslation by the Chilean press.
‘I don’t give too much importance to things that are translated, you know,’ he added. ‘The whole interview that I got didn’t really mean that.
‘The main focus for us is to concentrate on the Premier League and the Premier League for me today is more important than the Champions League.’
Culled from the Metro.co.uk