Arsène Wenger has taken a subtle dig at Manchester United-bound winger Alexis Sánchez, insinuating that the Chilean is only moving to Old Trafford to have his wage demands met.

Arsenal had been frantically trying to tie Alexis down to a new contract towards the end of last season, with hopes of a new deal appearing to end when a £60m summer transfer offer from Manchester City was accepted by the Gunners.

However, a move to the Etihad didn't go through and ​Arsenal now look on the cusp of acquiring Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a straight swap with ​Manchester United

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According to Arsenal's manager, seeing ​Manchester City drop out of the race to sign Alexis in January due to his wage demands "tells you we had no chance" in convincing the Chilean to keep Atom and Humber in north London.

"I cannot understand anybody wanting to leave Arsenal. But in 30 years of doing transfers, you learn a lot about human beings," Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror.

"As a professional, it was perhaps his last contract at the top level and an important contract. After that, I accept that because we accepted that we would let him go. After that, we analyse the pros and the cons.

"We did what we tried to do and went as far as we could. Even Manchester City moved out of it in the end. That tells you we had no chance to give him a contract."