Sanchez to miss start of season for Arsenal

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Sanchez to miss start of season for Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez will miss at least the first two games of the Premier League season for Arsenal, with coach Arsene Wenger saying the absence is due to injury rather than doubts surrounding the forward's future at the club.

Wenger said the Chile worldwide would miss Arsenal's home fixture against Leicester City on Friday as well as the trip to Stoke City on August 19.

"Sanchez will not be available", Wenger told reporters in a press conference.

The Chile worldwide has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer with Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain interested though the Gunners are not willing to let him leave without a fight.

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

The 23-year-old England worldwide has struggled to secure a regular place since arriving at Arsenal six years ago, but Wenger believes the winger has the potential to become a great player.

On Sanchez and Ozil's final year of contract, Wenger said: "When a player goes into the final year of their contract we will try to extend the contract because there is no reason we shouldn't do it, but we are not there yet".

"We have all the other players prepared in pre-season and they are all ready", said Wenger.

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

"I can't tell you that at the moment", he said, when asked if offers had been made.

"He is today very conscious of his qualities as well, which he was not always, and I personally believe he will be a very great player".

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