Wenger admits Arsenal will sell amid Alexis rumours

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SIR Alex Ferguson always said you have to strengthen when you are at your strongest.

"We'll have a game-plan and I'm sure we'll have the same game-plan regardless of whoever plays up front".

According to Transfer Market Web, the 23-year-old Italy global has been on Wenger's shortlist for over a year now, but was overlooked last summer as he chose to sign Shkodran Mustafi last summer.

"That's what I read in the papers and on my side I had no contact at all with Paris Saint-Germain [about Sanchez]".

"But I think my choice (for the title) is Man City".

The Gunners have already secured Bosnian powerhouse Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer, but Wenger may still be in the market for more defensive options.

The Chile global was one of a number of players given a watching brief on Sunday as the Gunners beat Chelsea on penalties to lift the Community Shield at Wembley. Santi Cazorla, Gabriel Paulista and Jack Wilshere remain sidelined.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud holding the Community Shield
GETTYOlivier Giroud's long-term future at Arsenal remains under threat

For the first time since 1997, Arsenal are going into a season without Champions League football and Wenger has pledged to rest players in the Europa League.

Wenger praised his squad's resolve in battling back to defeat the Premier League champions, before saying that the challenge will be to keep that mentality throughout a long season.

"He is normally a wing-back, full-back but he can as well play as a centre-back", Wenger said.

Last season, Burnley lost 3-0 at Chelsea and drew 1-1 at Turf Moor but Mee believes that results early in the last campaign, including home wins over Liverpool and Everton and a draw at Manchester United, are a cause for optimism. Danny Drinkwater (thigh) and Robert Huth (ankle) are also out. If you look at the top six from last season, it will be hard to break into that.

"We've got our first game this Friday coming and we can't wait to get started".

The England worldwide has struggled to secure a regular first-team place since joining the Gunners six years ago, but Wenger believes the former Southampton winger is finally starting to fulfil his potential.

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