Alexis Sanchez Ruled Out Arsenal's Premier League Opener

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

"He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training, before he came to Wembley", Wenger said.

Although Wenger admitted that entering the new campaign without Sanchez is a big blow for Arsenal, he pointed out that the striker would not have featured against Leicester even if he had not sustained the injury.

"He had a scan two days ago and he's out for a while. I think he will not play at Stoke, yes", he added.

"We've had some bad starts in the last four years but we've had intensity in our games and the preparation that's needed to be ready so let's go into the Premier League now with the same discipline, the same spirit and let's see where we can go".

Wenger called for Arsenal to take encouragement from the result but guard against the early season stumbles that have hindered them over recent years, although they might have to make do without two key performers. I remember watching him at Bournemouth last season and he looked angry. "For example Ramsey, Ozil, Mertesacker... and of course, Koscielny is suspended". "I just think we are not open - what I said to you many times - to any offers, anyway".

With Sanchez having less than 12 months on his contract and no new deal signed, the skeptics out there (definitely not myself included...) could suggest that this injury is rather timely given that Sanchez may not return to action before the summer transfer window shuts on August 31.

Shakespeare believes Arsenal will be title challengers this season but ultimately thinks Manchester City will have too much for the rest of the league.

Olivier Giroud, meanwhile, starts from the bench as Lacazette received the nod from Wenger to start the season as first-choice centre-forward.

After nearly 12 months of speculation surrounding Sanchez's future the end-game doesn't appear to be in sight.

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