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Alexis Sanchez Likely Out Two Weeks with an Abdominal Injury

Friendlies have come and gone, now the games matter again.

"He has a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training, before he came to Wembley", Wenger told his weekly news conference.

"He had a scan two days ago and is out for a while. He's out for I don't know how long". One or two weeks.

Wantaway striker Lucas Perez is unlikely to be involved after handing in a formal transfer request as he seeks a departure from north London.

"It was fantastic last season".

Asked about any Sanchez offers in the transfer market, specifically from Paris Saint-Germain, Wenger responded: "No, I didn't speak to Nasser (PSG's Chairman)".

However, those absences mean that Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi are likely to feature in the attack with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain another option for either flank.

The defender scored his first Gunners goal on his competitive debut for the club as they beat London rivals Chelsea 4-1 on penalties - following a 1-1 draw - to lift the Community Shield.

There will be a lot of weekend coupons sunk if the home side don't deliver at 1/2 but there have been plenty of bullish noises coming out of a revamped Leicester City camp following an arduous six-week pre-season under Craig Shakespeare. "We are not open to any offers". "The the last two games we've finished with 10 men [Victor Moses was sent off in the FA Cup final] and it's obviously hard". I remember watching him at Bournemouth last season and he looked angry.

It will be exciting to see what Conte can do with this Chelsea side in the Champions League, but ultimately he is still making it his own team and I think we are some way off competing with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

They won't be full at strength though at the Emirates with Mesut Ozil out with an ankle injury while any time remaining at the club for Alexis Sanchez ahead of a possible move has been restricted by an abdominal issue which will sideline him for around a fortnight.

Leicester have spent heavily over the close season in a bid to ensure there is no repeat of the last season's miserable title defence and can still count on Riad Mahrez, despite reports the former Arsenal target is on the verge of a move to Serie A.

Leicester also suffered a disappointing campaign previous year as they were easily dethroned as champions, but Craig Shakespeare managed to halt their downward slide.

This game will see the English top-flight season begin on a Friday for the first time in its 129 year history.



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