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Wenger does not feel that any player who is in the previous year of his contract gives less on the pitch - the Frenchman feels the opposite is true. The real question we have to answer is does the hunger index increase or decrease when you have a short contract or a long contract?

He wrote: "Some Arsenal supporters seem happy to say, "Alexis Sanchez is a great guy, he's a model pro" but I am sorry, he is not".

Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez's expiring contract could actually work in Arsenal's favour, as it will keep the forward hungry.

"We have not progressed on that front", he said.

During a press conference, the Frenchman told reporters: "He is a player who goes into the final year of his contract". "We have not progressed on that front". "[The Costa scenario] is a little bit of a different situation".

The England worldwide has been constantly linked with both Liverpool and Chelsea in recent months.

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Stoke could complete the signing of Bruno Martins Indi before the game but it will not be done in time for him to feature. Everton and Stoke clash at Goodison Park on Saturday in the pair's opening match of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

"It is better for the season and for our psychological comfort as managers", he said.

Asked if Oxlade-Chamberlain would be here at the end of the season, he replied: "Yes". In the previous year, he has made huge progress and personally I want him to stay here for a long time. "For me, it looks logical". I'm not going to get involved with the referees but, after what happened, to think that he'll not play for five games, makes you think that something isn't right.

Wilshere is yet another player who has less than a year on his contract and was loaned out to Bournemouth last season as his opportunities in north London were limited.

Arsenal remain determined to retain Sanchez for one more season.

The Gunners' next outing will see them travel to Stoke on Saturday, with Wenger facing a selection poser regarding whether or not to draft Sanchez into his plans for the trip to the bet365 Stadium - a notoriously tricky hunting ground for his side.