Unsettled Alexis Sanchez Back in Training with Arsenal

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"The only thing I can tell you is he is focused".

The Arsenal playmaker was one of the Gunners standout players last season, scoring 30 goals and claiming 19 assists in 51 appearances.

Some cynical Arsenal fans feared Sanchez's illness was a ruse to further distance himself from the Premier League club as he weighs up whether to push for a transfer.

"The strength of professional people is to not be diverted by noises that are not their problem", Wenger said Thursday.

According to the Daily Express, the Spanish tactician is desperate for Arsenal attacker Sanchez to join the Citizens this season.

With Sanchez's Arsenal contract set to expire next year, the speculation about his future will not go away, but Wenger refused to divulge information about the contract talks. Wenger tried a comparison between Arsenal's new reality and that of Sunday's opposition Chelsea last season but the latter won the league without the burden of any European football at all.

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"Every negotiation has to be a little bit secret".

"The transparent society is very pushy but we have to resist a little bit, as much as we can".

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Arsenal beat Chelsea in the season's traditional curtain-raiser courtesy of a penalty shootout, after Victor Moses's second half effort was cancelled out by Arsenal debutant Sead Kolasinac. But despite being back with The Gunners, he has made it clear to the club he wants out. Arsenal have been tailing Thomas Lemar persistently, despite Monaco's insistence that they want to keep the player at the club.

Ramsey was also absent from the game at Wembley today due to a minor calf injury and Wenger says the Welsh worldwide is also unlikely to be passed fit for our Premier League opener. However, the rest of the squad, with their average age of 26, may find it is the ideal time to upset the odds.

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