Arsene Wenger said in this week’s pre-Bournemouth Press Conference that there is a still a chance that Alexis Sanchez could still stay at Arsenal.

The Chilean was part of a botched move during the last day of the transfer window, when Manchester City lodged a very late cash bid of around £55m, but the move fell apart as Arsenal didn’t want to sell.

City boss Pep Guardiola has said this week that he may not come back in for Alexis in the January window, meaning Sanchez could still remain an Arsenal player and even extend his current deal which expires next summer according to Wenger who said:

“There is a chance of keeping him, yes. He is committed and focused on Arsenal. That’s what makes me believe it. I believe that the transfer market is over and for us it’s important – there was a lot going on, on at that front – so overall it’s very difficult for me to speak about that. The most important for us now is to focus on the next game. Sanchez is here and focuses here…”

Who knows, Sanchez could yet make the decision to stay much like Wayne Rooney did at Manchester United when a few lads paid him a visit in balaclavas and politely suggested that a move across the city, to Manchester City wouldn’t perhaps be the best idea.

All eyes will be on The Emirates today to see how much of a part Sanchez plays in the game against The Cherries. He has returned to London following an energy sapping international week in South America so it will interesting to see if he starts the game or comes off the bench but one thing is for certain, the players all need to put in a shift and earn all three points to avoid our worst top flight league start for 35 years.