Arsenal Transfer News: Alexis Sanchez Addresses Real Madrid Rumours and More

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistOctober 14, 2015

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez during their English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Arsenal fans can rest easy knowing star attacker Alexis Sanchez isn't looking to leave their ranks, professing his desire to remain at the Emirates Stadium despite being linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Spanish publication Don Balon (h/t James Dickenson of the Daily Express) claimed Los Blancos are looking to cut a £37.3 million for the Chilean, but Sanchez is ignoring any exit rumours, per CNN's Matias Grez:

The ex-Barcelona forward is unsurprisingly a man in demand after netting two goals in Chile's 4-3 win over Peru on Tuesday, rising to reach his most potent form exactly when Arsenal require it of him.

Olivier Giroud has tumbled out of Arsene Wenger's starting lineup of late, but as Arsenal Fan TV illustrates, Sanchez's influence in front of goal is proving to be a force all of its own:

In Giroud's stead, Theo Walcott has come off his wing to take up a more central reservation to good effect, but it's Sanchez who has taken more of the scoring plaudits, with 12 goals in his last 16 games for club and country.

The Gunners will therefore be happy to hear Sanchez has no major complaints following the Peru result, albeit noting that he is "a bit tired" in the wake of Chile's latest 2018 World Cup qualifier:

At Arsenal, the former Udinese star has rediscovered the kind of prominent involvement enjoyed during his days in Serie A, having sometimes found himself on the fringes as a less important figure at the Camp Nou.

And Sanchez still burns with the same childlike desire to be present for his team and have an impact, proclaiming he "always wants to be the best" and "give more" to his team and their fans, as quoted by Grez.

Arsenal make the short trip to Watford on Saturday with the chance to climb to the top of the Premier League from second, pending Manchester City's result as they play host to Bournemouth.

Wenger is hopeful Sanchez will be in his lineup, too, after telling the media on Wednesday that his South American sensation contacted him to say he'll be fine for the upcoming fixture, per the club's official website (h/t Mirror's Liam Corless): "From the internationals we only have positive news. We are still waiting for (Joel) Campbell, Alexis and (David) Ospina to return, but they all texted back to say they are OK, so we just have to see if they were objective in their assessment."

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There's hardly been a time when Sanchez has stood out as a more critical figure for Wenger's side than now, with the Gunners' attack in some state of transition but their league title hopes very much alive.

Those aspirations hardly rest on the player alone, but the club will be boosted by the news their talisman isn't fussed by the attention alleged to be coming from Spain's capital, insisting all his focus lies in north London. 

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