Arsene Wenger says he is “not fearful” of losing Alexis Sanchez in January and insisted there are no fractures in the Arsenal camp regarding the Chilean’s future.
Sanchez continues to be linked with a move away from Arsenal and, ahead of the impending January transfer window, the forward netted twice in a hard-fought 3-2 win against Crystal Palace.
But despite a match-winning performance, Sanchez’s first goal was met with divided celebrations, with only four outfield players heading over to congratulate the forward.
When asked by Sky Sports if there is a divide in camp, Wenger simply replied: “No, not at all. I did not see that.
“I am not fearful [of a bid coming in], but that is a subject that will turn up because of his contract situation.
“I have said that many times since the start of the season so I can only repeat what I have said.”
Wenger equalled Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of 810 Premier League games in charge on Thursday night, and victory brought about his 468th win overall.
Sanchez’s double helped Arsenal recover after Andros Townsend cancelled out Shkodran Mustafi’s opener, and though James Tomkins ensured a nervy finish at Selhurst Park, the Gunners held on to move one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
“It was convincing, the second half was more difficult than the first because we didn’t take advantage of the chances we created,” Wenger added.
“When you come here it’s a difficult game for everybody – to go home with the three points you need to suffer a little bit, and we did that tonight.”