Alexis Sanchez to Miss Arsenal's Opener Against Leicester City

Alexis Sanchez Arsene Wenger

Alexis Sanchez Arsene Wenger

"Yes", Wenger said in July, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph.

Wenger though stressed on the fact that Sanchez remained "focused" on playing for Arsenal this season.

Has Sanchez played his final game for Arsenal with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City still reportedly interested in signing him? "He had an abdominal strain and could be out for one or two weeks".

Having ended months of speculation by signing a new two-year contract, he is looking forwards and says that if the team put on a united front, the fans will fall into line behind them.

"We need to transform the quality of the preparation into points and that is, of course, a pragmatic view, but what matters is we win the game and start in a strong way, which we didn't do previous year". "The players are champing at the bit to get started", he said.

Wenger told SFR Sport (via the Evening Standard) that he has a "firm intention" to retain Sanchez's services but added that he is "not super optimistic" about a contract renewal.

Alexis Sanchez returned to Arsenal training on Friday as manager Arsene Wenger maintains his stance that the forward will not be sold.

"When you are not completely in or the players feel you are not completely in, it is hard to tell them we go (out to win)".

Wenger also dismissed Chelsea's reported interest in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, saying he is still firmly in his first-team plans. "He will not play at Stoke", said Arsene Wenger.

"He's very conscious of his qualities, he was not always".

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

Arsenal have never lost a Premier League game contested on a Friday (W6 D1) while Leicester have never won one on this weekday (D1 L2).

"I have players coming back who have not played, like [Shkodran] Mustafi".