Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Alexis Sanchez to miss start of season through injury

Alexis Sanchez to miss start of season through injury

"I felt that to lose tonight would have been bad for us because we had such good preparation and to sit there in the morning and think we had lost at home would have been awful", he said.

"He is focused. When you have treatment on the medical bench it's not easy".

The Frenchman will be without Sanchez as the north London outfit kick-off the new league season against Leicester City this evening.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is uncertain whether the club can convince Alexis Sanchez to sign a new contract.

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The Chile worldwide suffered an abdominal injury in training and could miss two weeks, while defender Laurent Koscielny is suspended for the visit of the Foxes.

In comments to SFR Sport this week, Wenger admitted he was feeling "not super optimistic" about the Chilean superstar, scorer of 30 goals last season, signing a new deal.

However, Wenger said: "He's an Arsenal player in the short term".

The Mail Online understands that Arsenal are readying a contract offer that would make Alexis Sanchez the highest paid player in the Premier League.

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Wenger was coy, though, when he was asked if any bids had been tabled for Sanchez. "No, I don't think they are".

Wenger also dismissed Chelsea's reported interest in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, saying he is still firmly in his first-team plans.

"He is today very conscious of his qualities as well, which he was not always, and I personally believe he will be a very great player".

Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign tonight against Leicester City, who they host at the Emirates.

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While Ozil and Ramsey missed the Community Shield, Mertesacker was taken off injured after sustaining a head injury. "I have players coming back who have not played like [Shkodran] Mustafi and Sanchez".

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