Pep Guardiola admitted that he would not have let Raheem Sterling join Arsenal as part of a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez
“When we start to speak with Arsenal in the last days, because before it was impossible, they want to make a swap with Raz.
“They talk to me and I said ‘No chance. Zero chance. Not one percent chance to make a swap with Alexis and Raz.’
“I trust a lot in him. He is 22-years-old, English – he has a lot of gap to improve.
“The only deal if possible is cash.
“We try to make an offer, they accept – but in the end they could not sign the player they wanted to sign and Alexis stayed in Arsenal.”
French goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso admitted he almost joined the Gunners in the summer
“Arsene (Wenger) wanted to work with three good goalies. I had to go as a third. At the beginning, I said to myself: ‘Third to do nothing, if not to be in the group, it is not very interesting.’
“After, I said to myself: ‘It’s Arsenal all the same!’ And there was still this problem of agents.”
Nacho Monreal is pleased that Sanchez has remained at the club
“It’s good news for Arsenal in general, for the fans, for the players, for the club in general that Alexis is staying here. He’s the most important player for us.
“All we can offer to the fans is that in the next game, from the first minute, we start with intensity, make a good game, get the three points and everything will come back as before.
“Alexis is very competitive. He doesn’t want to lose any sport. He’s always trying to win, he always gives his maximum, 100 per cent effort in every single training session.
“He’s going to be very important for us for the rest of the season.”
Monreal has also called on the team to improve after the defeat at Liverpool
“Obviously it was really difficult for us because we didn’t expect to lose as we did.
“You can play against Liverpool away and lose this game because they are a good team, a strong team with good players, but we can’t play as we played.
“We need to improve a lot, our target is to win the Premier League and obviously we can’t win it if we keep playing like we did against Liverpool.
“Now we have to improve and on Saturday we have the next opportunity to get three points, so I hope the team is okay and we can win, get the three points and get confidence.”