Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez will miss Arsenal’s first game of the season at home to Leicester City due to an abdominal strain picked up in training, which also caused him to miss the Gunners’ Community Shield clash on Sunday.
The Chilean has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the Emirates over the summer and as the season draws closer, it’s still undecided as to whether or not Sanchez will see out the remaining year of his contract at the north London club.
The 28-year-old is reportedly keen to play in the Champions League next year and PSG and Manchester City have both been rumoured as potential suitors for the attacker.
Wenger could not provide a time frame as to when Arsenal fans can expect to see their main man back in action and simply confirmed that he would miss at least the first two league games of the campaign (via FourFourTwo):
“He had a scan two days ago and he’s out for a while. I don’t know – two weeks, one more week. He will not be available.
“He will not play at Stoke.”
This news will come as a blow to Arsenal fans who would have been looking forward to seeing the Chilean get back to doing what he does best on the pitch.
Wenger was also keen to point out that Arsenal have no interest in selling their star man when speaking to the media this week and he expects Sanchez to stay:
“We will try to extend the contract. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t do it but we are not there yet.
“I think we are not open to any offers anyway.”
Kieran McCarthy, Pundit Arena