Sanchez to miss Arsenal's EPL opener against Leicester

Martin Keown

Arsene Wenger in an interview with SFR Sport, says he's an Arsenal player for the short term, but he's not sure if the club will be able to extend his contract.

With less than 20 days left in the transfer season, it's unlikely Arsenal will choose to sell #Alexis Sanchez unless he wants to leave the club.

Following the Gunners' 4-3 victory over Leicester City in their Premier League opener, the Arsenal boss delivered his update on the Chile worldwide after the attacker was seen watching his team from the stands.

The Gunners have seen the Chilean enter the final year of his current contract, sparking interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

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

Wenger said Sanchez would not have started against Leicester even if he wasn't injured.

"He practised well, had a good session for the first time because he had a little muscular strain".

Wenger added: "For us Alexis Sanchez is a loss, of course".

Also a report in the Manchester Evening News is saying that Man City are refusing to give up on Sanchez.

'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'. "I think if you read the French papers, they are on Mbappe's case to finish their transfer market". 'I have sympathy for him. "But all the other players prepared in preseason and are ready", Wenger said. But do I feel sorry for Chelsea because they don't have enough players? No'.

Speaking after Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties at Wembley, Wenger revealed he was looking to trim his squad before the transfer window closes, but he said no departures were now imminent.

"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".

'I have plenty of uncertainties about the players who didn't play against Chelsea (in the Community Shield),' said Wenger.

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