Alexis Sanchez made to coach with Arsenal's children

"I think had we not marshalled ourselves and shown the character that the players showed in the second half and produced the work rate, it would have been an avalanche".

United has reportedly offered Sanchez a contract worth more than $A695,000 a week but Wenger refused to criticise the proposed sums on offer at Old Trafford.

Arsenal are expected to step-up their efforts to land Aubameyang once the Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan deals have been finalised, which should be all done by Monday. "We have four attacking players for three positions, three are starting, one is on the bench, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] for the whole season was not available".

"I expect it to happen, but I can't announce it".

"If you want to have a bet, it could happen".

"I expect it to happen, maybe, but I can not announce it because in the net 48 hours it will be decided one way other the other", Wenger added.

With the transfers sorted out, Wenger believes Arsenal are ready to go on a sustained winning streak. 'He trained yesterday. He is 29 years old and the next contract is very important for him.

Signing the Armenia global would soften any blow suffered by the loss of Sanchez, who is out of contract in the summer and could walk away then for free.

There are also pictures of him in the back seat of a vehicle heading to United's Carrington training complex.

Asked whether a deal was close, Wenger said: 'My understanding is yes.

"We have spent a lot of money, I'm not denying it, because we had to change a lot of players because we were so old in terms of the players who in the past were incredible".

He said: 'The fact is we're still in a relegation battle, we're not alone now, we're a little bit less isolated than we were some weeks and months ago and we're happy, of course, about that.

Wenger has been criticised by Borussia Dortmund chiefs, however, for indulging in discussion about the merits of their striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is a transfer target. Certainly he loves the club. Other players can play there in different circumstances. We are still in the market'.