"I had an impact on the season, ' the Frenchman said at a Football Writers" Association event to raise money for the Grenfell Fire victims, 'because at some stage the players came to see me and said, "What's going on boss?"
In the case of Sanchez it's safe to say most Arsenal fans wouldn't have expected to see him playing in their season opener anyway, but probably because he would've been sold after returning from worldwide action late in preseason.
It would therefore appear that one more season with Arsenal and a free transfer next summer to the club of his choosing is now the most likely outcome for Sanchez.
Wenger was asked about PSG's interest and said he had not spoken with the club's chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi in "a long time" and he does not expect to hear from him.
"He will not play at Stoke".
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Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City both remain linked with Sanchez, although neither side appear to have made a bid just yet, despite the forward now being in the final year of his contract.
Arsenal plays Leicester at home on Friday in the opening game of the league season.
"Plenty of uncertainties about players who didn't play against Chelsea - Ramsey, Ozil, Mertesacker".
"What matters now is that we win and start in a strong way, which we did not do last season".
Arsenal, without Sanchez, will host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night, to kick off the new season.
He added: "I'm convinced in 10 or 15 years it will not necessarily be a football specialist who is a manager of a club".