Arsenal fans aren't buying Arsene Wenger's latest Alexis Sanchez update

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

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Arsene Wenger has told SFR Sport that Arsenal have the "firm intention" of not selling Alexis Sanchez this summer but he is "not super optimistic" of keeping him beyond this season.

"He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training, before he came to Wembley", he said in his press conference before the opening Premier League game of the season.

Wenger, who has repeatedly insisted the Chile worldwide will stay in north London, was eager to stress that Sanchez's absence from training was due to an abdominal strain he picked up before the game against Chelsea in the Community Shield.

"He had a scan two days ago and he's out for a while - I don't know if it two weeks or one more week, but he will not be available".

However, despite his short-term unavailability Wenger was far from certain over the future of a player who has always been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

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

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When asked if Arsenal have received any bids from PSG for the 28-year-old, Wenger replied: "I can not tell you that".

"It is a relief and I believe as well a reminder to the players that they have hurdles on the way and that we can get round it, like tonight so that is quite positive".

Wenger also dismissed media reports linking Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with rivals, Chelsea.

Alexis Sanchez is an Arsenal player.

The 28-year-old watched from the stands as Olivier Giroud's late header earned the Gunners three points. I think he will not play at Stoke, yes.

"I felt that to lose tonight would have been bad for us because we had such good preparation and to sit there in the morning and think we had lost at home would have been awful", he said.

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