Sanchez to miss start of season for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger

"Yes", Wenger said in July, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph.

He has been linked to Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, and the latter may well have stolen a march on the potential suitors after the 28-year-old revealed he was actually in the French capital on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger confirmed that Sanchez would be "out for a while" having suffered the strain on Sunday morning while training.

"He had a scan two days ago and he's out for a while - we don't know if it is two weeks or one more week, but he will not be available", Wenger said at a news conference on Wednesday, ESPNFC reported.

He will miss Arsenal's opening day fixture against Leicester City with an abdominal injury, with Arsene Wenger's side priced at 8/15 to win the game.

Wenger said the Chile worldwide would miss Arsenal's home fixture against Leicester City tomorrow as well as the trip to Stoke City on August 19.

Sanchez's arrival will only add to an already strong attacking unit which includes the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero in addition to the Portuguese.

'If you look at the number of players that are out on loan, they can call a few back, ' he said.

"He has just one year left on his contract but Arsenal refusing to let him go".

Players like Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker are also uncertain for the Leicester clash.

But 20-year-old Nigeria starlet Iheanacho, signed from Manchester City last week, has been passed fit after sustaining a knock in a friendly against Borussia Moenchengladbach.

After Wenger belatedly adopted a 3-4-2-1 formation - a tactical trend sparked by champions Chelsea - Arsenal won seven of their last eight league games and stunned Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final. "He will not play at Stoke either".

"It is a relief and I believe as well a reminder to the players that they have hurdles on the way and that we can get round it, like tonight so that is quite positive".

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