The Reds boss confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still unavailable for selection as the striker is still a couple of weeks away from returning to full training. "So the rebuild will be less deep than if all three left".
But with Arsenal pulling the plug on a £60m sale of Sanchez to City on the final day of the window due to their failure to sign a replacement, United have since explored the possibility of signing him.
The deal has also been complicated by the fact that Manchester United have, apparently, shown an interest and may be willing to offer more cash than City. Worst of all, Stoke now sit in the relegation zone, with their decade-long Premier League stay in serious jeopardy. Old Trafford we were able. Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores has emerged as the strong frontrunner for the post, but both sides continue to haggle over the finer points of a potential agreement. It depends on the moment, on the players, it depends on our needs. The top four in the Premier League qualify for Champions League spots.
Wenger said: "Yes. Don't read too much into it though because not even I know which way it will go". If we do something now it has to be right for the team. What we believe really is there are some players in the football world if you have the chance to sign them in January, March or July, you have to try and that's it.
Back in September, Stoke ended United's 100% start to the season with a 2-2 draw at the Britannia. "A hugely disappointing result, and a performance".
Paper Round's view: United and City now seem to be prepared to use the winter transfer deal not for minor deals, but for major parts of their spending.
With the Portuguese manager publicly stating his intent to sign a winger since last summer, it could be that he's found the flawless man for the job in the Arsenal player.