Alexis Sanchez to miss start of season through injury

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Arsenal are fearful that Alexis Sanchez will attempt to force a move away from the club after it was revealed he will miss the Gunners' opening Premier League fixture against Leicester City.

Arsene Wenger has conceded Arsenal are not "super optimistic" of star man Alexis Sanchez signing a new contract.

Sanchez in particular has been the subject of intense speculation about his future amid reported interest from the big-spending duo of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

'I don't know if it is two weeks or one more week, but he will not be available. 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. I personally think he's a hugely talented player and he's on the way up.

'Alexis Sanchez is turning into a lose-lose situation for Arsenal.

"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 said.

In an interview with SFR Sport, he said: "He's an Arsenal player in the short term".

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When asked if the club had any others for the Chilean, Wenger replied "I can not tell you that".

"Sanchez has been focused, but when you have treatment on medical bench it is not easy".

The German centre-back started against Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday but was forced off with a nasty cut above his eye so will need to be assessed ahead of the Leicester game.

Wenger added he had a lot of players whose fitness he wasn't sure about going into the match.

Ozil is a doubt against Leicester, however, along with Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi, while Laurent Koscielny is suspended.

"I'm convinced in 10 or 15 years it will not necessarily be a football specialist who is a manager of a club".

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