Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists that Alexis Sanchez ‘deeply loves’ the club ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash against Liverpool.
The Chile international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer, but Wenger has maintained the stance of not selling his attacker at any cost.
Speaking to reporters prior to the Reds’ game, Wenger refused to rule out the possibility of Sanchez extending his deal after the club made a financial sacrifice to keep him for the final year of his contract.
“His interest is to do well. On top of that I deeply feel that he loves to be here and he loves the club and he arrives at a stage of 28, 29 and looks at the quality of his contract but I think he deeply loves to be here," he said h/t The Independent.
“You cannot rule anything out, of course you are under threat as well. For me you have a sport decision, and the sport decision is easy – you keep him until the last day of his contract."
Sanchez has not played any competitive football since Chile’s Confederations Cup final loss to Germany in June, but the attacker will take part at Anfield after having recovered from a minor abdominal strain.
Meanwhile, Wenger confirmed that he will Laurent Koscielny back in the lineup after serving his three-match domestic suspension for a straight red card in the 3-1 triumph over Everton on the final day of last season.
“I think we lost the game on Saturday [against Stoke City] because defensively we gave a cheap goal away, and it’s good to have him back." he added.
Arsenal have not won in Merseyside since the 2-0 triumph back in September 2012, but they will fancy their chances against the Reds’ who had a Champions League playoff to contend with in midweek.