Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez ruled out of Leicester clash with abdominal strain

Ross Houston
August 9, 2017

'Wenger is probably hoping he can somehow win the Premier League and keep Sanchez, ' Keown said at the FA and McDonald's Community Awards.

PSG and Manchester City have both been mooted as potential destinations for the Chilean, but Wenger says that the club have yet to receive a formal bid for the forward.

Alexis, however, favours a move to City, where he would join up with former mentor Pep Guardiola - although the Gunners are reluctant to sell him to a Premier League rival.

It is a hard rumour to ignore as a number of outlets are reporting a proposed £80 million bid for Alexis Sanchez from Paris Saint-Gemain.

In addition, it is claimed that the Parisians are preparing an offer of 55 million Euro for Sanchez, who's current deal at the Emirates is set to expire next summer.

Asked to sum up Sanchez's state, Wenger replied: "Focused. I don't know if it's two weeks, or one more week", Wenger told a news conference on Wednesday.

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. "I think he will not play at Stoke, yes". "I just think we are not open - what I said to you many times - to any offers, anyway".

"He added: "[PSG] are looking for Mbappe, that's what I read in the papers.

"Sanchez is a loss of course but we have all the other players prepared".

"It doesn't surprise me that Arsene has reached out to him, they're not dissimilar in terms of outlook and Wenger may have seen something of himself in Jens".

The Arsenal boss has also not yet decided whether to throw Shkodran Mustafi into the starting line-up after he missed most of preseason because of the Confederations Cup, meaning his team to face Leicester will likely be similar to the one that beat Chelsea on penalties on Sunday.

"Yesterday I had the managers' meeting and was talking with the other managers in the other clubs".

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