Alexis Sanchez Ruled Out Arsenal's Premier League Opener

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Août 13, 2017

Arsenal's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez sustained the injury during a training session ahead of the Community Shield on Sunday and Wenger admits he is unsure how long the 28-year-old will be out of action, although he believes Sanchez is likely to miss the club's first away game of the campaign against Stoke on August 19.

Wenger has insisted several times that Sanchez will not be sold, and he's now with Sky Bet to remain with the Gunners.

"He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training, before he came to Wembley", Wenger said.

It's a blow for Arsenal with the new season just two days away. "I can take a gamble on one, maybe maximum two, but I focus more on the players who had the right number of competitive minutes in recent weeks". He will not be available. "I think he will not play at Stoke, yes", he added.

Asked if Paris Saint-Germain had made an approach for Sanchez, Wenger replied: "No".

"Sanchez and Coutinho fall into the same bracket for me - if you lose them, you might as well pack your bags and go home now. I have had no contact with PSG".

None more so than the performances of Kolasinac, whose goal capped a hugely impressive afternoon, and record signing Lacazette who showed enough to suggest he could be the lethal striker Arsenal have needed for so long.

"We haven't been able to beat them yet but there's always a first time and it would be nice to think it would be Friday night".

Wenger also refused to comment on speculation linking Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with London rivals Chelsea.

The 23-year-old England global has struggled to secure a regular place since arriving at Arsenal six years ago, but Wenger believes the winger has the potential to become a great player.

"I think we are not open to any offers anyway". "Last year Pep had to get to know his team", former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder Jenas said.

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