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Arsene Wenger sends a message to Alexis Sanchez when cheekily asked to choose between Pep or Jose

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Arsene Wenger took an opportunity to send a message to wantaway star Alexis Sanchez on Friday after the Arsenal boss was cheekily asked if he'd prefer to play for Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho.

That is the question that Sanchez is being faced with for real, with both Manchester City and Manchester United chasing the Chilean this month.

Sanchez is out of contract in the summer, leaving Arsenal forced to sell now if they want to receive anything at all for their star man.

City have been very open in their pursuit of the player and came incredibly close to sealing a deal back in the summer window. That fell apart, however, with the Gunners opting to hold onto their number seven instead.

Recent reports indicate that City's January move for Sanchez may also fall apart, though, and arch-rivals United are keen to jump in on the move.

Guardiola's side have seemingly baulked at the asking price of £35 million for a player out of contract in six months - but United are happy to play ball.

They'll even go as far as giving up Henrikh Mkhitaryan on top of cash, meaning Sanchez is left with a choice of forcing through a move to City or jumping to the team happy to pay the big money.

Sky Sports reporter Gary Cotterill found the chance too tempting and decided to ask Wenger “If you were a player, would rather play for Guardiola or Mourinho?”

But the Frenchman found an opportunity of his own and jumped on it - leaving a little message for Sanchez.

“If I was a player, I would play for the club I am at with 100 percent commitment," Wenger said.

How many times Sanchez will have the opportunity to show that commitment to Arsenal is unknown.

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Both Manchester clubs are ready to pounce on the player this month as soon as he makes up his mind, while Arsenal look at other targets such as Bordeaux's Malcom.

The young Brazilian would be an exciting signing, for sure, but it's a sad indictment of where Arsenal are that two of their main rivals argue over their star player as the Gunners take a punt on a kid as a replacement.

It's not a nice situation for Arsenal, but Wenger was quick to remind people that Sanchez is still his player for now, even if it meant denying everyone the answer to whether he'd prefer to play for Pep or Jose.

It'd be Pep though, wouldn't it?

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Arsenal
Arsene Wenger
Manchester United
Transfer News
Alexis Sanchez
Manchester City
Football
Jose Mourinho

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