Arsenal vs Man City: Alexis Sanchez all smiles in FA Cup semi-final training

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While there may still be question marks about Alexis Sanchez's future, the Arsenal forward was in good spirits as the Gunners trained ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Sunday.

The Gunners head into their Wembley semi-final having arrested a miserable recent run of four straight Premier League defeats away from the Emirates with a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough.

Sanchez and Mesut Ozil struck to keep Wenger's ambitions of Champions League qualification on track, though the north Londoners now turn their attention towards this weekend's cup clash against Pep Guardiola's City.

The Chile star is yet to agree a contract extension, though Standard Sport understands that Arsenal have offered to make the 28-year-old - who missed out on today's PFA Team of the Year despite 19 goals this season - the Premier League's highest paid player ever with a massive £300,000-a-week deal.

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Wenger again dodged questions about his own future when asked at his press conference to preview the cup semi-final on Thursday.

But the coach did say failure to win against City, or deliver a record seventh FA Cup, will have no bearing on whether he is in the dugout at the Emirates Stadium next season.

"It doesn't play any part in that," Wenger said.

"The FA Cup is a very important game for me because it's the next game and because it's an opportunity, as I just told you, to win a trophy this season.

"So of course we are all fully focused on that. My future is Sunday.

"What I expect when you go into a semi-final is to go to the final.

"I think somebody told me that I had played 10 semi-finals in the FA Cup, so that means it's a great experience and it's always something special.

"I remember my first one, we just spoke about it, when we played at Villa Park against Wolves.

"That's the day when I realised how big the club is, how much it means to our supporters.

"It is a special experience and, for us, I think we are focused, highly motivated.

!Maybe not at the maximum of our confidence because we had recently some disappointing results, but that is a good opportunity to show we are ready for a fight and how much we want to go to the final.

"Because it's maybe our only opportunity to get a trophy this season."