Reports of City's decision to abandon their pursuit of Sanchez unless Arsenal and the player himself lower their demands emerged hours before Mourinho addressed the press ahead of Monday's Premier League clash with Stoke City.
Manchester United have received encouragement in their late pursuit of Alexis Sanchez after Manchester City decide to walk away from the forward.
What Arsenal do have to consider carefully is who they replace Sanchez with - and potentially Theo Walcott, of course, who is in talks with Everton over a permanent deal too. What we believe really is some players in football world, if you have a chance to sign them - it doesn't matter if it is in January, March or July - you have to try.
"He is a left-footed player who plays on the right-hand side with a lot of pace, he is very direct, a very good dribbler and very, very fast so we'll see". Sanchez is reportedly a target for arch rivals Manchester City and Manchester United and could even leave this month. "I'm focused on (playing) Liverpool, believe me".
However, Woods revealed there is a third player United are considering letting move to the Emirates Stadium this month: "Mourinho might be able to offer Arsenal an incentive in any deal by allowing centre-back Chris Smalling to go to north London".
"I maintain what I said. many times, that normally he should stay here until the end of the season, but we will see". Wenger admitted a bidding war could help Arsenal but said that was not the current situation.
"I don't have to justify every decision I make, you know".
"If Manchester City want Alexis Sanchez, they buy Alexis Sanchez and they don't have problem".
Sanchez nearly joined City for about £60m on the final day of the summer window, only for the transfer to collapse when Arsenal failed to sign Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar. Okay the club wants £50million, £60m, because they want to replace me, they have to spend £50m or £60m, it will not happen, so I wait and I take a chunk of that contract in signing-on fee.