Arsene Wenger confirms major Arsenal injury boost as 28-year-old returns

Martin Keown

ALEXIS Sanchez will miss at least the first two games of the English Premier League season for Arsenal, with coach Arsene Wenger saying the absence is due to injury rather than doubts surrounding the forward's club future.

It's little wonder some of Europe's elite might look to poach the Chile worldwide after Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League last season.

Sanchez missed Arsenal's scintillating start to the new Premier League season, an abdominal injury forcing him to sit out the 4-3 victory over Leicester.

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.

Asked about Sanchez and whether he could provide an update on the situation, Wenger said: "No".

But Wenger said he had not heard from PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and referred to French media reports suggesting PSG are more interested in signing Monaco's Kylian Mbappe.


'He has a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training, before he came to Wembley. I don't know if it is two weeks or one more week, but he will not be available.

I was not bored, you cannot feel that in one of the prettiest stadiums there is.

For us Alexis Sanchez is a loss, of course.

"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. I don't think I would have started him", he said. "I think he will not play at Stoke, yes", he added.

Wenger says Wilshere is not fully fit and that's why he wasn't included in their squad to face Leicester on Friday.

Some may disagree with that sentiment and feel Arsenal could do with the addition of the 2015-16 PFA Players' Player of the Year, who has stood out as one of the Foxes' elite stars in recent years.

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