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Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez ruled out of Leicester clash with abdominal strain

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez ruled out of Leicester clash with abdominal strain

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in the player, who has just one year left on his contract at Arsenal.

The latest comes all the way from Chile, where El Mercurio (via the Metro) report Neymar and Dani Alves have been in touch with Sanchez, in a bid to tempt him to move to PSG.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez will miss Arsenal's opening Premier League match of the season against Leicester after suffering an abdominal strain in training.

Sanchez has been mentioned as a target for PSG and Manchester City should he leave the club this summer but Wenger has maintained that he won't sell the forward.

Wenger says Sanchez suffered the strain in training on Sunday before the Community Shield win against Chelsea and underwent a scan on Monday.

"I think he had in his career some bad moments because he had some small injuries", Wenger said.

Wenger also dismissed Chelsea's reported interest in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, saying he is still firmly in his first-team plans.

"I read in the papers Mbappe is the player PSG want, and I expect no contact from PSG". I don't know [how long he will be out]-two weeks, one more week.

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".

"For us Alexis Sanchez is a loss, of course", he said.

Wenger said he would not have started Sanchez against Leicester even if he had been fit, but acknowledged that he will be missed.

"It's a long time since I spoke with Nasser because he was certainly very busy to complete the transfer of Neymar", Wenger said. I remember watching him at Bournemouth last season and he looked angry. "We are not open to any offers".

But he is no closer to shifting those deemed surplus to requirements as he believes many Premier League clubs are in the same position.