Wenger taught me nothing, says Arsenal great Adams

City eventually agreed a £60 million deal for Sanchez, but the Gunners' failure to pry Thomas Lemar away from Monaco saw the transfer fall flat on deadline day.

Sanchez was set to be back at the club's training ground on Thursday after a disappointing worldwide break, with Chile losing two World Cup qualifiers and the player's desired move to City falling through in the final hours of the transfer window.

And if Arsenal are to achieve anything this season they will have to have Sanchez, who is by far their best player, on top form.

"There was a lot going on on that front", the Frenchman told a press conference at Arsenal's London Colney training base yesterday.

"'Too expensive, too greedy, bad body language, and lacking fight' - this is what people have said about me".

"It's very hard for me to speak about that because the most important thing now is our next game".

Sanchez was set to first play for Chile at Bolivia on Tuesday after reportedly overcoming an ankle problem.

Santi Cazorla has been out for nearly a year
Santi Cazorla has been out for nearly a year

"Many things happen in the last second which I regret".

Wenger also spoke of the proposal which would see the transfer window slam shut before the Premier League season start, adding: "It is important that we change that and close all that stuff before the championship starts".

Sky Sports are claiming that City will try and sign Sanchez again in January and if a move does go through then the 28-year-old would be eligible to play for Pep Guardiola's men in the Champions League, according to UEFA rules.

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has aimed a fresh jibe at his Arsenal counterpart, Arsene Wenger, by suggesting the Gunners are "ready for failure". "He's chose to stay in Monaco and you have to respect that".

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said he is confident that Sanchez will be "100 percent" committed when he returns from the worldwide break - even though he looked far from his best in the 4-0 loss to Liverpool.

But he gave a positive update on the fitness of long-term injury victim Santi Cazorla. "It's very hard to predict when he will be available again but, overall, I hope that after Christmas, he will be available".

  • Stacy Allen