Alexis Sanchez Is "Tired Of Being Criticised" And Aren't We All

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Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City never intended using Raheem Sterling in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez, but has refused to rule out a January raid on Arsenal for the Chilean forward.

Sanchez was nearly sold to Manchester City on deadline day but the move failed to materialise as Arsenal's move for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar fell through.

"When we started to speak with Arsenal in the last days [of the transfer window], because before it was not possible, they wanted to make a swap with Raz [Sterling]", Guardiola said. The 17-year-old has already won the PL2 player of the month award which was capped off with an excellent performance against Manchester United on Friday where the talented youngster scored from a free kick. I had nearly instantly written about the final collapse of the deal to bring Alexis Sanchez to us, and now I have recovered enough to assess the situation.

Wenger also spoke of the proposal which would see the transfer window slam shut before the Premier League season start, adding: "It is important that we change that and close all that stuff before the championship starts. Alexis stayed at Arsenal".

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"I don't know what's going to happen in the winter", he said.

Sanchez started in Arsenal's calamitous 4-0 loss at the hands of Liverpool, the last game before the global break, and the Chilean's body language suggested that he was ready to throw in the towel and leave the Emirates. The lens of the world's media will be pointed at him to see how it pans out.

"Sometimes deals happen, sometimes not", he continued.

"I am happy with the response but I hope it is the last time we need to respond, that we will carry on and play at this level in every game".

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City could potentially come back in for Sanchez in January at a reduced price of £20m.

"If he has any issue with us or with any teams, he has Ferran Soriano to ask about any financial issue inside the club", Guardiola said.

"At the moment it looks like you can buy clubs in China and get the players there. Did it? I think he was not worse than any other player on the football pitch".

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