No change to Alexis Sanchez situation says Arsene Wenger

Martin Keown

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.

Spaniard Iborra has been ruled out of the trip to the Emirates Stadium with a groin strain and joins centre-back Robert Huth and midfielder Danny Drinkwater on the sidelines. "He is on the way up and he will continue to move up because that potential is there", Wenger said.

"Sanchez will definitely not be available for Leicester", said the Arsenal boss.

Arsenal have collected more opening day red cards than any other Premier League side (6), with Laurent Koscielny getting two of the last three (2010-11 v Liverpool, 2013-14 v Aston Villa).

Sanchez has been mentioned as a target for PSG and Manchester City should he leave the club this summer but Wenger has maintained that he won't sell the forward.

The news is likely to interest Alexis Sanchez, who is seeking around £300,000-a-week to consider signing a new deal.

Alexandre Lacazette is in line to make his first Premier League start and all eyes will be on the Frenchman as he looks to justify the club-record fee Arsenal spent bringing him from Lyon.

Sanchez's last game was the Confederations Cup final for Chile on July 2 and he was given an extended summer break. "He will not play at Stoke either".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hopeful of persuading Alexis Sanchez to sign a new contract as he believes Paris Saint-Germain have turned their attention to Monaco star Kylian Mbappe.

"Plenty of uncertainties about players who didn't play against Chelsea - Ramsey, Ozil, Mertesacker".

"We need to transform the quality of the preparation into points and that is, of course, a pragmatic view, but what matters is we win the game and start in a strong way, which we didn't do previous year".

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