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Arsenal rule out shock swoop for Chelsea's John Terry

By Mark Bryans

Arsene Wenger has praised the leadership abilities of John Terry but ruled out making a shock move for the Chelsea captain.

The 35-year-old revealed on Sunday he expects to leave the Blues in the summer having been told he will not be handed a new contract, although Chelsea say an extension could yet be offered.

Asked if he had any interest in signing Terry, Wenger said: "No, because he is at the end of his career and he has spent his career at Chelsea. If he wants to play longer, I am sure he will play for Chelsea.

"He was not only a great player, he certainly still is, but he was also a great coach on the pitch.

"I saw him here once at London Colney playing with the U-21s and the way he coached the team as a player was absolutely marvellous.

"He was a real leader and he had a great career as well, let's not forget that. That's never a coincidence. The guys who last such a long time have something special.

"He was the symbol of cohesion inside Chelsea's club because him, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and (Petr) Cech were the players who carried the club's values for long periods. When you lose players like that you're always in danger.

"I see a coaching career in his future, certainly. He will remain in football, I'm sure."

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez could make his first Premier League start for two months when Southampton visit The Emirates tonight.

Ronald Koeman's Saints hammered the Gunners 4-0 on Boxing Day but Wenger was pleased with how his players reacted to the defeat to keep pace with the Premier League leaders.

"Of course you are upset. But I felt on the day we did not have the mental energy," he said.

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