Wenger says Arsenal faces 'massive' challenge to reach top 4

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An argument which could be made is that he has a better defence in front of him in an easier league than at Arsenal.

"So we'll talk in the summer and we'll clear things then but for the moment, all that's important is Arsenal and not me and not any other player - it's just the club".

"But you have many different opinions there".

Arsenal are yet to officially open negotiations with Sanchez or the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose deals also expire in 2018, but the London Evening Standard reported on Thursday that a £300,000 a week offer for Sanchez had been tabled.

"Some people tell me "just give him what he wants", but then you can not respect anymore any wage structure and you put the club in trouble as well", said the Arsenal manager. With Barkley also stalling on a new contract the move may be possible, with Ronald Koeman demanding Barkley make a decision on his future.

But it is a sign that, as I said a few weeks back, Wenger wants to hang on and has no intention of quitting. The club always has to be the priority.

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But whatever the outcome of that match, Arsenal know they need a dramatic improvement if they are to qualify for the Champions League for a 21st successive season. We let them down. Sanchez appeared in 41 games for the club as he scored 22 goals and added 12 assists on the season for Arsene Wenger's club. If he accepts the deal, he'd make £62.4 million over the next 4 years, which is a lot of money.

Arsenal have conceded 39 goals this season, which is already more than they conceded in three of their last four seasons.

The only card he has left to play really is to throw off the financial shackles he attached to the club and buy a new team. Additionally, he is just 26 years old and still has a long future ahead of him for a goalkeeper, making him a flawless replacement for the current two goalkeepers. It's not the fear to fail, it's the desire to make it.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is focused on his job, and his attention is undivided amidst the fan unrest about his future.

"Secondly, we will do as always".

Following defeat against Crystal Palace last Monday night, the Gunners' hopes of finishing inside the top four of the Premier League are fading fast and they go into their meeting with Middlesbrough sitting in seventh place after Everton beat Burnley.