Alexis Sanchez will not be sold this summer, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who insists the Chilean’s declaration that he wants to play Champions League football next season was mistranslated.

In an interview with Canal 13 in Chile this week, Sanchez was quoted as saying: “I want to play Champions League. The decision does not depend on me, I have to wait for Arsenal.

However, Wenger has insisted despite interest from elsewhere, Sanchez will not be departing.

“The decision has been made and we will stick to that,” Wenger said at a media conference in Shanghai on Tuesday. “The decision is not to sell.”

Wenger went on to downplay the Chile international’s comments, saying they were lost in translation, and has challenged Sanchez to fire Arsenal back into the top four next term.

“I do not give too much importance to things that are translated,” Wenger said. “What I got, he didn’t really mean that.

“We have played for 20 years in the Champions League. That’s 17 years before Sanchez arrived and three years with him. So he can get us back in there.”

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