But he has a battle on his hands to agree a deal with Real Madrid.

Wenger, according to reports in Spain from Don Balon, will finally go in for Karim Benzema.

Arsenal are set to lose Sanchez in the summer when his contract expires - or in January if they decide to cash in.

Wenger this week said it was likely Sanchez would stay until the summer unless they were offered something unbelievable in the January widow.

And the Frenchman has always been a fan of Real Madrid striker Benzema.