Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is relieved that the saga surrounding Alexis Sanchez’s future is now finally over.
The Chilean completed a move to Manchester United on Monday evening, in a deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction to the Emirates.
Without Sanchez however, Arsenal battered Crystal Palace 4-1 at the Emirates on Saturday, before following that up with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi final on Wednesday night.
Speaking after that game, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that the club had lost a great player, but was glad that the situation was finally over, allowing the players to focus on their performances on the pitch rather than off of it.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Wenger said:
“We lost a great player.
“But when a team doesn’t know what’s going on there is less clarity and less focus on what’s important – the performance.
“Now we know we have to deal with that and get on by everybody giving a little bit more.”
It had been rumoured that Sanchez had become a disruptive character in the Arsenal dressing room and despite getting Mkhitaryan as part of the Sanchez deal, Arsenal are looking to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.