August 21, 2017

Sanchez sidelined until transfer window closes by ‘convenient’ injury

Sanchez will not play till the transfer window closes.

On Wednesday, Arsene Wenger revealed that Alexis Sanchez will miss the first two fixtures of the 2017/18 Premier League season, on Friday August 11 against Leicester and on Saturday 19 at Stoke, due to an abdominal injury.

The French manager confirmed that Alexis Sanchez had suffered a distention in a training session prior to the Community Shield clash on Sunday, and he has completed a scan on Monday.

‘Alexis will not be available’, said Wenger when asked about the Chilean’s availability. ‘He has a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training, before he came to Wembley. He had a scan two days ago and he’s out for a while. I don’t know if it is two weeks or one more week but he will not be available. I think he will not play at Stoke, yes’, he said.

‘For us Alexis Sánchez is a loss, of course’, the experienced coach added. ‘But we have all the other players prepared in pre-season and they are all ready’.

Sanchez is heading into his final 12 months of his current Arsenal contract, and has been linked with a move to Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain, with the latter prepared to offer up to £80 million for the striker.

Wenger, however, batted away questions about Sanchez’s potential move to Paris. ‘I can’t tell you that at the moment. I just think we are not open, what I said to you many times, to any offers, anyway’, he said.

The Frenchman’s good relationship with the PSG chairman also appears to have no bearing on the player’s future: ‘It’s a long time I didn’t speak to Nasser, because it’s certainly very busy to complete the transfer of Neymar and it’s a long time that I didn’t speak to him’, he concluded.