Alexis deal will be made ‘in the next 48 hours’ – Arsenal boss Wenger

The future of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez will be decided within the next 48 hours, confirmed manager Arsene Wenger.

The Chilean was left out of Arsenal’s squad for the 2-1 loss to Bournemouth on Sunday. Wenger stated prior to kick-off that Sanchez’s departure was imminent.

News broke early Sunday that Manchester United were close to completing a deal for the 29-year-old after Manchester City baulked at Arsenal’s £35m asking price.

Speaking after the defeat, Wenger went a step further by saying that an outcome on Sanchez’s future would be made clear over the next two days.

“It could happen today or tomorrow or not at all,” Wenger said, when asked about Sanchez leaving. “That’s why I didn’t want to travel with him today for him to go somewhere else.

“Alexis would have played but this is a difficult period for him. He has always been committed until now.

“He could have moved today or yesterday or not, but it will be decided in the next 48 hours. He is on standby so I decided not to bring him today. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to play.”

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