Red hot: Mascherano says Sanchez was a key player at Barcelona

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Alexis Sanchez has revealed he has no plans to leave Arsenal in a boost to the club ahead of Sunday’s Premier League showdown against Chelsea.

Manchester United and Real Madrid are among the clubs who have been strongly linked with the Chilean superstar.

Sanchez has two-and-a-half years remaining on the £130,000-a-week contract that he signed when he joined Arsenal from Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

Arsene Wenger has spoken of Arsenal’s intention to extend the 27-year-old’s deal and the player insists that he has no plans to leave Emirates Stadium.

“I am very happy at Arsenal and I’m not thinking about leaving,” the Chilean told the Sunday Mirror. “The unity here between fans, club and players is enormous and the supporters have been fantastic. We suffer the defeats and enjoy the ­victories together.”

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Sanchez is expected back in the Gunners squad for Sunday’s London derby at Emirates Stadium after being sidelined with a hamstring injury since late November.

Green light: Wenger will sanction a new contract for Sanchez
Green light: Wenger will sanction a new contract for Sanchez

It is a timely boost for a team that have drawn their last two games but can still return to the top of the Premier League with a win against Chelsea

“This campaign we are demonstrating that we are serious candidates for the Premier League title,” Sanchez said. “I think there can be no doubt about our credentials to be champions this time.

“I am always ambitious in football and I still want to win three titles this season — the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League. It will not be easy but we can do it.”

He added: “Right now, I don’t know what I would do if we won the league, but maybe a tattoo!”