Alexis Sanchez to miss start of season for Arsenal

Arsenal will be without their star forward Alexis Sanchez for very likely the first two Premier League fixtures, manager Arsene Wenger revealed today.

Wenger said the Chile worldwide would miss Arsenal’s home fixture against Leicester City on Friday as well as the trip to Stoke City on August 19.

Asked if there had been any official bids for Sanchez this summer, Wenger replied: “I can’t tell you that at the moment”.

Sanchez returned late to pre-season training with the Gunners due to his commitments at the Confederations Cup with Chile and will now have his start to the new Premier League campaign delayed. “He is out for a while, could be two weeks but he will not be available for Stoke”.

Indeed he truly is a significant loss, and right now the Gunners can not afford too many more of those.

The Gunners could be without Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and captain Per Mertesacker against Leicester, with the defence set to be a makeshit affair as Laurent Koscielny is suspended.

As you might have heard, maybe once or twice, Alexis Sanchez has less than a year left on his current contract, so of course the topic came up once again. Now, will we manage to extend his contract? “We are not there yet”.

Wenger remains determined to keep Sanchez at Arsenal, after he scored 30 goals in all competitions last term and says the club will not be tempted into a late-window sale.

According to the Telegraph, PSG had considered making a move for Sanchez and were confident of succeeding before they completed the stunning signing of former Barcelona striker Neymar, who moved to the French capital for a world record £198m (€222m, $257m).

“That’s what I read in the papers and on my side I had no contact at all with Paris Saint-Germain [about Sanchez]”.