Alexis Sanchez posts cryptic message ahead of Arsenal return

Arsene Wenger was stunned by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s desire to leave Arsenal

Arsenal have endured a hard start to the season after suffering consecutive defeats at Stoke and Liverpool before the global break so it's imperative we get back on track with a win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

"It is important to change that before the championship starts", said Wenger, speaking at his weekly press conference at Arsenal's London Colney training base.

Wenger chose to start both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez at Anfield before the global break despite uncertainty about their futures, and both players' commitment was questioned after the team's dismal performance.

'The players who are tapped up in October, they already start to think, 'Where do I go in January?' "I believe if you love to play football, you will play football", Wenger said.

"Are they half in and half out?"

"If he doesn't perform, the English press will break him just as they did with Claudio Bravo and the teammates can turn their backs on him".

"It was a hard game for them but you can see in this league there are small margins and small details that can make a huge difference and obviously you need to make sure you are ready".

The Gunners had enquired about including Sterling in a potential swap deal but Guardiola said he instantly dismissed the possibility of the England worldwide when it was suggested.

"Hopefully we can fix it so all the other clubs in Europe finish at the same time". "The last seven eight, nine games last season he played no problem".

Leicester's return to action on Saturday sees them take on Chelsea at the King Power Stadium.

Having spent the time since posting cryptic Instagram messages that nobody really understands, the Mirror report the 28-year-old is "doubtful" for Arsenal's weekend clash with Bournemouth.

He still needs some fitness work.

But it was not the best beginning of the new season for Sanchez.

Full back Daniels, who has made over 200 appearances for the south coast club, said: "It's all happened so quickly".

Wenger cited Barcelona's purchase of Ousmane Dembele as an example, pointing out how Borussia Dortmund bought the teenager for around €15m last summer and sold him in a deal worth up to €150m a year later.

"I've been at the club for six years now, so staying here was a simple decision".

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