Arsenal omits Sanchez amid interest from Manchester clubs

"Mkhitaryan played the last match in the FA Cup against Derby".

The Chile worldwide has refused to sign a new Arsenal contract with his current deal expiring in the summer, and United and City are reportedly both keen on recruiting him this month.

"It doesn't matter who he is". It doesn't matter the prestige, the status. If Pep wants him again now, I'm sure he's thinking: 'I'm going to go there second time round and do it properly this time'. And I am not the kind of blind manager. "I don't know. At the moment it's the transfer window and in this period we try to use the players who are focused on the club".

"Blind in the sense that this player is untouchable, this one can never be sold". It's up to us to make the right price. He's a little bit the same in relation to other players that are involved in this gossip of the transfer market. We appreciate what a good player he is. "So Saturday [he is] training, then Sunday [he is] selected and Monday [he will] play".

Sanchez is of course out of contract in the summer, and Jose Mourinho has revealed that he could not pass up on such a "fantastic opportunity" to sign a top player.

A few days ago, it seemed as though Sanchez's long expected move to City was done and dusted, with several reports indicating that the Chilean forward had agreed personal terms with the Premier League leaders ahead of a £20 million move to the Etihad Stadium.

Although the French manager didn't indicate Sanchez's destination, he made it clear that the player's situation is very much up in the air.

"It gives a lot of tranquillity and takes away any kind of pressure from the guy that comes behind you".

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