Arsenal confident of breakthrough in quest to keep key-player

Arsenal confident of breakthrough in quest to keep key-player

Arsenal could be taking a risk keeping Alexis Sanchez until the end of his contract as he might not give it his all at the risk of an injury wrecking his transfer chances, according to Danny Murphy.

Sanchez's Arsenal future has been subject of intense speculation throughout the off-season with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain backing out of a chase for the Chilean, who reportedly still interests Manchester City. "He had an abdominal strain and could be out for one or two weeks". So this will mean, they could concentrate on the Premier League this will be a big boost if the club could convince Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new contracts too. We think he will not play at Stoke.

The Chile forward missed pre-season after being granted extra time off following the Confederations Cup and has been ruled out of Friday's game due to an abdominal strain.

"He is focused. When you have treatment on the medical bench it's not easy".

Sanchez is not the only Arsenal player that is in the a year ago of their contracts, with Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's contracts also expiring in June 2018, and it will be interesting to see how Arsenal deal with these situations.

'He was busy completing the transfer of Neymar.

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Asked if any bids had been lodged, he said: 'I can't tell you that at the moment. "I can take a gamble on one, maybe maximum two", Wenger said.

Wenger led Arsenal to Community Shield success against Chelsea on Sunday, but a return to Premier League action sees the Frenchman limited by familiar fitness concerns.

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

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

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