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Arsene Wenger: Alexis Sanchez to miss Arsenal opener

10 August 2017, 01:31 | Ken Black

Reuters

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"For us, Alexis Sanchez is a loss of course but we had all the other players prepared in pre-season already and it can happen in preparation any way".

Wenger said yesterday that Sanchez sustained an abdominal strain on Sunday - hours before Arsenal's win over Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium - and will be out for "two weeks or one more week".

He did, however, provide another update: that Sanchez had suffered an abdominal strain which would see him miss their Premier League opener at home to Leicester on Friday evening.

As it stands, Arsenal would reject any offer, meaning Sanchez would have to wait until the end of the season to move on a free.

Wenger wouldn't say if any bids had come in for Sanchez.

"Personally, I think he is a hugely talented player, he's on the way up and he will continue to move up because the potential is there", he said.

"Yes", Wenger said in July, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph. His initial return to training was delayed by three days, with Arsenal citing an illness, and now he is injured.

"It's a long time I didn't speak to Nasser, because it's certainly very busy to complete the transfer of Neymar and it's a long time that I didn't speak to him".

When asked if the club had had any others for the Chilean Wenger replied "I can not tell you that. He's out for, er, I don't know", Wenger told journalists.

Reports in France also suggested Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe had chosen PSG as his selected destination, but the 18-year-old is expected to cost around £161 million.

"No", he replied when asked whether any players are closer to departing the club. "It looks like everywhere there is many, many players and a bit of congestion at the moment everywhere".



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