Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger admits he cannot guarantee if Alexis Sanchez will stay

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Arsene Wenger said Manchester City have not yet made a bid on Alexis Sanchez but, as reported by Mirror Sport, admitted that he could not guarantee whether he would stay in January.

City are set to make a £20m bid with Arsenal wanting at least £30m while the Gunners could sell Francis Coquelin – a target for Valencia, West Ham and Crystal Palace – but face frustration on West Brom defender Jonny Evans. City also want Evans.

Talking about Sanchez, Wenger said: “I expect nothing. I am focused on tomorrow’s game. When solicitations happen, you respond to it. At the moment, it’s very quiet.

“I have nothing to add to what I said before on that. What is the most important is to be professional, to perform no matter what the environment is.

“That’s why I believe that it does not have a big influence on your performance nor the performance of the team. It’s part of our job to deal with that.

“I have not decided yet (whether he will play). That will be decided today or tomorrow morning. But he is in contention.

“Again, there is nothing to say (on Evans). All that would only be philosophical to talk about it. As long as we don’t have any agreement with anybody, I believe the best is not to talk.

“Look, to see off any interest of any other club, yes. I don’t know if Man City is in for anybody. I don’t know what their policy is. Financially, if the decision comes to finances with Manchester City, we know we will be second best. That is well known.

“It’s a possibility (Coquelin leaving) but nothing is decided. But we have no contact with West Ham.”

Wenger insisted that he expected a strong response from his players after the Forest exit – and was determined to try and win the Carabao Cup.

Wenger said: “Yes, I would love to win it because we are now in the semi-final and if its an opportunity we will try to take it.

“There is still a long way to go because tonight you have Man City against Bristol City and tomorrow it is us against Chelsea so it is a bit similar to last year in the FA Cup.

“We take the criticism on board and respond to it in a positive way. That’s all you can do. We’re in the semi-final of the league cup and we have an opportunity to go through. We won the FA Cup three times in the last four years and you can expect that it will not happen every year.

“I believe that we have not produced a performance you would expect in the third round of the FA Cup. I must say, it’s the first time it’s happened in 21 years. Overall, I believe we have been very consistent even if I am very disappointed by some individual performances.

“I focus on football. What is important is what happens on the pitch. The judgement is the judgement and you have to live with that. We have produced some great performances recently and all you want to do is focus on what you can influence, not what you cannot influence.”

Wenger will give late fitness tests to Granit Xhaka and Shodkran Mustafi before naming his team for the Chelsea game.

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