Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Injured Alexis Sanchez ruled out Arsenal's Premier League opener against Leicester City

Injured Alexis Sanchez ruled out Arsenal's Premier League opener against Leicester City

It is a major boost for Arsenal fans, who will be delighted to hear that the Chilean has returned to training and will be hoping that his return means he will remain at the Emirates for the rest of the season.

Wenger said the forward had sustained an abdominal injury and was likely to miss both Friday's game against Leicester and the trip to Stoke City on August 19.

Alexis enjoyed a remarkably productive 2016-17 season, as he scored 24 goals in 38 Premier League appearances, and also provided 11 assists.

Arsenal would be willing to let Alexis Sanchez leave the club but would rather he joined Paris Saint-Germain than Manchester City, says Paul Merson.

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 practised well, had a good session for the first time because he had a little muscular strain. He had a scan two days ago and he's out for a while", the Guardian quoted Wenger as saying.

For us Alexis Sanchez is a loss, of course.

Sanchez isn't the only injury worry for Wenger going into the season-opener against the Foxes with Mesut Ozil (ankle), Aaron Ramsey (calf) and Shkodran Mustafi (fitness) all doubts. 'I have sympathy for him. "We have all the other players prepared in preseason and they are all ready".

'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'. Some players rush into deals because they think they have to go to avoid getting found out.

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

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

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