"All the players are [in my plans], he's not more than another", Wenger explained.
The club appointed former Team Sky contract expert Huss Fahmy to oversee negotiations in the summer but the disastrous departures of Sanchez and Özil has put clubs on alert over other Arsenal contracts.
"He won't be available for England and not for us before the break", Wenger said of Welbeck. Defensivelly they look good with the exception of the no show against Liverpool.
"You will be in a position where you either extend for money you can not afford or you will go into the final year".
"They say that if one player is worth £200m [like Neymar], then this player is worth £50m".
For many years Wenger has been mocked for becoming a parody of himself by signing youngsters from Europe, usually France, when they were totally unknown.
"But with the level of transfer fees, and amounts of money players want, more and more will go into the final year of contracts". German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also called for the administrators to act on the spiralling fees earlier this month, and Wenger said that the rules have to be tightened or scrapped altogether.
"However, as things stand, he is still of the view that he will be leaving at the end of the season".
"Something will happen", he replied. It is for the first time that, politically, the German prime minister came out. But last night, you could see he's coming back sharp and I left him on for 90 minutes so he could have a real go. "We haven't spoken about that because I thought at the start of the season we have to see how it evolves and what kind of influence he can have on the squad for the whole season".