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Arsenal's Arsene Wenger 'not super optimistic' on Alexis Sanchez stay

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger 'not super optimistic' on Alexis Sanchez stay

Arsenal have refused to consider selling the forward, who hit 24 goals in 38 league games last term, a tally bettered only by Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku in the English top flight.

Arsenal are now preparing for their Premier League opener against Leicester City on Friday night at The Emirates as they look to start the season with three points.

Asked if there had been any official bids for Sanchez this summer, Wenger replied: "I can't tell you that at the moment". Sanchez joined the team late this summer, following an extended tour of duty with Chile in the Confederations Cup. "He is out for a while, could be two weeks but he will not be available for Stoke". "I think if you read the French papers, they are on (Kylian) Mbappe's case to finish their transfer market".

"It is a relief and I believe as well a reminder to the players that they have hurdles on the way and that we can get round it, like tonight so that is quite positive. I don't think I would have included him certainly on Friday night - I don't think I would have started him".

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The Chile worldwide has been linked with a move away from the club this summer with less than a year remaining on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium and could walk away for free at the end of the upcoming season.

Wenger, however, would not reveal whether there had been any concrete offers for Sanchez and said his close relationship with Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi had no baring on the player's future. "Of course when you have treatment on medical bench it's not easy".

Sanchez, whose current deal expires in 2018, did not play in Arsenal's victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday. Mesut Ozil , Aaron Ramsey and Shkodran Mustafi are all doubts for the league curtain raiser as well.


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