Wenger says Sanchez wants to stay at Arsenal

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Hector Bellerin Arsenal top four

Sanchez has established himself as one of the Premier League's top attacking talents since his arrival in England from Barcelona in 2014 but now only has an FA Cup winners' medal to show from his time at The Emirates.

Arsenal recorded a comfortable victory over West Ham on Wednesday, and will perhaps regain some consistency now that Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez's desire to stay at the club.

Arsene Wenger's star player has been in the spotlight both on and off the field this season, as his contract negotiations continue to rumble on, with less than 18 months remaining on his current deal.

Speaking at his press conference to preview Arsenal's home clash with Crystal Palace on Monday night, Wenger played it cool as he straight-batted questions created to catch him out as speculation continues to rage over his Gunners future.

Wenger revealed 24-year-old Argentine Emi Martinez will again start the game against Palace on Monday night as Petr Cech and David Ospina are still injured. Palace were badly beaten by Southampton on Wedneday after achieving their best result of the season four days earlier, a 2-1 win at League leaders Chelsea.

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"I think the mentality in the team - even though some people don't express it - it's the same one". Some fans have called for Wenger to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season and Alan Smith says the Frenchman should have left after the FA Cup triumph in 2014.

"Look, I feel we came out of a very hard period and what we have shown is that we are united and focused and determined to do things right again", he said.

With Arsenal still in limbo regarding the future of Arsene Wenger and numerous start players in the squad, there are still plenty of questions that are in need of answering, and none look to be coming particularly soon.

"After that most of the time it is down to finding an agreement - but finances are involved in it, yes".

"The most important thing is to get those details right and build up from the performance we had against Man City because I think we did quite well".