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Arsene Wenger made some interesting remarks about Alexis Sanchez after Palace win

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There was some welcome relief at the Emirates stadium on Saturday afternoon.

After a disastrous start to 2018, Arsenal finally re-announced themselves on the Premier League circuit, dismantling Crystal Palace 4-1.

The Gunners scored four in the space of 22 minutes, with Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette.

It was their first win of the year and Lacazette's goal was a source of much joy, with the Frenchman goalless since his strike against Manchester United on December 8.

Alexis Sanchez was, of course, all the talk leading up to the match, with the Chilean seemingly off to Manchester United.

However, a deal - which should include Henrikh Mkhitaryan going in the opposite direction - has not yet been concluded and Arsene Wenger had some interesting thoughts on the Chilean after the match.

Apparently, he was actually considering playing Sanchez, a move which surely would not have gone down well with the Arsenal faithful.

He said: "I didn't take him because there's a question of him moving to Man Utd. You cannot drive up north and play football as well"

Interesting. Imagine the reception he would have received from the fans, although, given how shocking Palace's defence was, Arsenal may have won by a few more with him on the pitch.

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Shortly after, Wenger pretty much confirmed that the deal is in the final stages, believing that it will finally come to an end in the next 48 hours.

"I expect it to happen because in the next 48 hours it will be decided one way or another," Wenger said.

"If you want to have a bet, it could happen..."

"It happens only one way if it happens the other way as well. That's why it has to be coordinated."

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However, Wenger put a bit of a downer on the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang situation, suggesting that a deal for the Borussia Dortmund man isn't close at the moment.

When asked about the German club's statement - which slammed the Arsenal boss - he said: "They are responsible for their own statements. I cannot stand up what they say but if we sign somebody we will announce it. I half announced today Sanchez against Mkhitaryan and we're not close to anything [else]."

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