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Alexis Sanchez Out of Arsenal's EPL Opener Due to Abdominal Strain

13 August 2017

Sanchez has been tracked by Manchester City, his preferred destination, with a move to Paris Saint-Germain now looking less likely.

The boxing world heavyweight champion does not rate the Arsenal manager's chances of going the distance once Premier League combat gets underway.

The current contract Sanchez with Arsenal expires in the summer of 2018.

Wenger admitted entering the new campaign without Sanchez is a blow for the Gunners but said he would not have featured against Leicester even if he had not suffered a set-back.

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But with Alexis Sanchez injured, Laurent Koscielny suspended and doubts surrounding Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker, there is every reason for Arsenal fans to feel a bit anxious.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez will miss at least two weeks with an abdominal strain picked up before last weekend's Community Shield victory over Chelsea.

Elsewhere, Wenger has ruled out a move for Leicester wide man Mahrez after insisting the Gunners were "never close" in their pursuit of the player, per Jon Paul of the Leicester Mercury: "We were never close". He had a scan two days ago and he's out for a while.

Last week, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that he wants the German and Alexis Sanchez to sign a new contract.

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"Some you know about and that's very hard for a group of players to cope with that - and some other reasons we will talk about on another day".

"We haven't been able to beat them yet but there's always a first time and it would be nice to think it would be Friday night".

"He will not play at Stoke".

However, other reports today claim Wenger is not confident Sanchez will extend, with the Arsenal boss having reportedly told SFR Sports he is not not "super optimistic" the Chilean will renew. Why hasn't he just said I'm staying for one more season?

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"To win like we did will only strengthen it and overall we have good ingredients in the squad and it is a good opportunity again to show it away from home".

Alexis Sanchez Out of Arsenal's EPL Opener Due to Abdominal Strain