Thursday, 14 December, 2017

'Injured' Sanchez ruled out of start of Arsenal's PL campaign

Lamar Ellis | 10 August, 2017, 00:55

"I can take a gamble on one, maybe maximum two", Wenger said.

"He had a little abdominal strain that he caught in training on Sunday morning before he came to Wembley", said the coach, per Sky Sports News. "I don't think I would have started him".

According to a story from the Independent, Paris Saint-Germain is ready to unload a reported £80 million for Alexis Sanchez, who has been keen on leaving Arsenal for some time.

"It's a long time since I spoke with Nasser because he was certainly very busy to complete the transfer of Neymar", Wenger said.

But PSG are confident they could put together a financial package that could persuade Sanchez - with wages of up to £400,000 a week.

With less than a year remaining on Sanchez's current deal at the Emirates Stadium, the Chile global has been linked with a move away from the club and that he could even walk away for free at the end of the upcoming season.

"I think he'll run his contract down".

"And anyway, we play other competitions". Personally I think he is a hugely talented player, he's on the way up and he will continue to move up because the potential is there.

'We have plenty of uncertainties from players that didn't play against Chelsea, ' admitted Wenger.

Pushed on whether he expected Al-Khelaifi to get in touch, he added: "No, no. Look, that's what I read in the papers and on my side I have had no contact at all with Paris Saint-Germain".

But he is no closer to shifting those deemed surplus to requirements as he believes many Premier League clubs are in the same position.

Players like Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker are also uncertain for the Leicester clash.

Gabriel Paulista is still recovering from his knee injury picked up in the FA Cup final, Laurent Koscielny is serving the second game of a three match suspension, while Jack Wilshere, Joel Campbell and Santi Cazorla are long term absentees.

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