Alexis Sanchez will not play for Arsenal's Premier League opener against Leicester

Chelsea are the defending champions of the Premier League which gets underway on Friday night

That Wenger is not going into the new campaign with the fans still at his throat owes much to Arsenal's strong finish to last season.

Think what you will about Arsene Wenger's recent managerial travails, but there is no doubting his bona fides as a legitimate innovator throughout his career.

"He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training before he came to Wembley.' said Wenger".

'I don't know if it is two weeks or one more week, but he will not be available.

"Personally, I think he is a hugely talented player".

Alexis Sanchez had supposedly previously told the club he would only consider remaining if they forked out such a high amount.

'But I don't think I would have included him on Friday night.

"Sanchez has been focused, but when you have treatment on medical bench it is not easy".

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Asked if Sanchez, who has less than a year left on his contract, could yet put pen to paper on a new deal, Wenger said: 'Always possible.

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 are not there yet'.

The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the club in the summer with his contract up at the end of the season.

'He was busy completing the transfer of Neymar.

"Overall I believe that it's down to us". We are not open to any offers anyway'.

Sanchez, whose current deal expires in 2018, did not play in Arsenal's victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday.

Players like Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker are also uncertain for the Leicester clash. He has impressed immensely at right wing-back but with Hector Bellerin still coming through, it's hard to say who will be first choice.

Wenger revealed a fresh blow after confirming that Alexis Sanchez has picked up an abdominal strain and the attacker is expected to be out for at least two weeks.

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