CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe believes the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga "won't be affecting Arsenal too much”.

Forward Sanchez, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is rumoured to be a wanted man in the current transfer window.

Manchester City and Manchester United are reportedly in the race to sign the Chile international, who could line up against Cherries on Sunday (1.30pm).

Asked what he made of the Sanchez saga, Howe said: “It’s all rumour and talking points. I think for us, when you are on the inside, you don’t let it affect you.

“I am sure it won’t be affecting Arsenal too much. I am sure they are used to it now."

On Sanchez's talents, Howe added: “He is one of the best attacking players in the Premier League, I don’t think there is any doubt about that.

“He is a difference-maker and a game-changer and he has been for a long time. I admire him greatly as a player.

"I don’t know (if Sanchez will play against Cherries). It’s difficult to predict their line-up at the best of times."