Arsène Wenger backs Alexis Sánchez to stay despite bench role at Chelsea

• Arsenal manager: ‘Am I confident he will stay in January? Yes’
• Alexis Sánchez held back until 66th minute of Carabao Cup stalemate

Arsène Wenger said his decision to omit Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal’s starting lineup at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final was not related to Manchester City’s attempt to sign the forward this month.

Sánchez came on in the 66th minute of the 0-0 first leg draw and Wenger not only praised his attitude but expressed a confidence the Chilean would remain at Arsenal after the January window. City have indicated a willingness to pay £20m for Sánchez, who is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer.

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