Wenger confirms Sanchez out for 'a while'

PSG were close to signing Sanchez before they agreed a deal for Neymar

PSG were close to signing Sanchez before they agreed a deal for Neymar Credit Reuters

Arsenal are facing a mounting selection crisis ahead of Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester City with Arsene Wenger set to be without TEN first team players.

Arsenal have reportedly offered talisman Alexis Sanchez a club-record £300,000-per-week contract in a bid to ward off interest from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

He is now appealing against a two-month prison sentence for assaulting a police officer past year and, because of that conviction, was banned from entering the United Kingdom for PSG's Champions League fixture against Arsenal last season.

Sanchez returned to training last week but has been ruled out of the first two gameweeks with abdominal pain.

Arsene Wenger, the Gunners manager, has insisted Chilean striker Sanchez will remain at the Emirates Stadium this season and see out the rest of his contract, which expires next summer.

"For us, Alexis Sanchez is a loss, of course", Wenger said, adding that he was unlikely to have included the Chilean global in Friday's starting line-up regardless of the fresh injury.

"After that, let's take it game by game - go to Stoke - then to Liverpool, who are as well one of the teams who want to win the Premier League".

After all, it doesn't help when there is constant talk over someone's future, especially considering how important it is for Arsenal to make a great start to the new season in the English Premier League.

"We didn't manage to do that last season so I'm not super optimistic in that regard, but we have the firm intention of not selling him".

"I can't tell you that at the moment", said the Arsenal manager.

'If you look at the number of players that are out on loan, they can call a few back, ' he said.

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

"I think he had in his career some bad moments because he had some small injuries", the Frenchman added.

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