Wenger defends Sanchez

Arsene Wenger praised Alexis Sanchez's attitude when substituted on against Chelsea, and says he wants the Chilean to stay at Arsenal.

Sanchez, whose contract runs out in the summer, has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, and Arsenal would receive a fee if he left in the January window. He was named on the bench in Arsenal's 0-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg draw at Chelsea, but came on in the second half an looked bright at Stamford Bridge.

-That's what I want. I want him to stay for longer. Because he's a very important player for us and when he came on tonight you could see that he created danger straight away, Wenger said when asked if he expects Sanchez to stay at the club.

Wenger insisted that naming Sanchez on the bench had nothing to do with his transfer situation, and praised him for his performance.