No PSG contact over Sanchez, says Wenger

Andrew Cummings
August 13, 2017

Abdominal strain will keep star Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez out of their first English Premier League (EPL) football game against Leicester City on Friday, head coach Arsene Wenger has said.

"If he went to City there would be uproar from the Arsenal fans".

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.

With Arsenal failing to qualify for this season's UEFA Champions League, Sanchez, who was Arsenal's top scorer in the league with 24 goals last season, has been heavily linked with a move away from The Emirates although Wenger has repeatedly said this offseason that the Chile worldwide is not for sale.

Wenger said Sanchez would not have started against Leicester even if he wasn't injured. "He had a scan two days ago and he's out for a while", the Guardian quoted Wenger as saying. "I think if you read the French papers, they are on Mbappe's case to finish their transfer market".

Wenger added: "For us Alexis Sanchez is a loss, of course". Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in the player, who has just one year left on his contract at Arsenal.

"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".

Arsenal rejected a £25m bid from Chelsea for Oxlade-Chamberlain this week, but Stamford Bridge boss Antonio Conte is determined to strengthen his squad before the transfer deadline.

"I can't tell you that at the moment", he said. "I think he will not play at Stoke, yes". "I can take a gamble on one, maybe maximum two", Wenger said.

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

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