"He did not refuse to play".
"I have been assured he will be replaced in this window". If Pep wants him again now, I'm sure he's thinking: 'I'm going to go there the second time around and do it properly this time.
"If players like Sanchez go we of course have to respond to it. Will he go or not?"
Speaking at a news conference on Friday, the Frenchman added: "Nothing is really concrete at the moment and nothing is decided one way or another".
"In relation to Sanchez all I can say, which everyone else says, is that he is a phenomenal player".
"I don't master the rhythm of that but it could happen today, tomorrow, or not at all". United are more confident of landing Ozil than Sanchez and so the requirement for him is perceived as less urgent. The Gunners somehow face the prospect of losing their best player to a club only eight points better off than them in mid-season.
City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne suggested after their midweek EFL Cup victory over Bristol City that Sanchez would "add something to the team". That is what I want to speak about.
"It wasn't forced errors, just a lack of decision making". Jermain Defoe remains unavailable due to injury and Eddie Howe seems to fancy his chances in this match, with the Cherries appearing to play with a three-man defensive line. Certainly not, but there's always a way to find a different balance.
Sanchez would offer an extra attacking option for Guardiola, who is hopeful that striker Gabriel Jesus is close to returning from medial knee ligament damage.
"We made mistakes in areas where you wonder where they come from". He may yet walk away, but has no intention of doing so before the season is over.
Wenger's side can ill afford any more slip-ups if they are to secure a top-four spot and, with it, a return to the UEFA Champions League.