Sanchez out as Arsenal face injury crisis ahead of season opener

Afternoon Bulletin

Sanchez out

Alexis Sanchez is out injured for a number of weeks, after suffering from a abdominal strain in training. Sanchez will now miss Friday’s first game of the season at home to Leicester City, with no definite timescale on his return. The news is sure to spark renewed interest from Manchester City and Paris St Germain, who continue to monitor the situation. Manager Arsene Wenger remains adamant Sanchez is not for sale and still has hopes the want away forward will sign a new contract, although the news is sure to spark worry from fans, with reports suggesting perhaps a transfer request is forthcoming from the Chilean.

Ospina to stay

It seems goalkeeper David Ospina will stay at the club despite looking like one of the first to be heading out of the Emirates at the start of the summer. Arsene Wenger has convinced the Colombian that he will get more game time and has made it clear that both himself and Petr Cech will battle it out for the number one slot. Ospina would likely start in all Europa league matches as well as League Cup games, although according to Wenger it took some convincing to pursued Ospina to stay.

Oxlade Chamberlain fan

It seems Arsene Wenger is an Alex Oxlade Chamberlain fan and wants the player to stay at the club. Wenger admitted that last season was a good one for the Englishman after previously struggling with injuries. Wenger claimed that Oxlade Chamberlain now has the belief that he is a good player which has helped with his progress. Rumours still link the player to Chelsea and Liverpool but so far no bids have been forthcoming. Oxlade Chamberlain has a year left on his current contract and so far has not signed a new contract.

Wenger is convinced the midfielder will become a very good player and hopes he can persuade him to stay at the club.

Perez Newcastle bound?

According to reports Newcastle seem favourites to sign  Spanish striker Lucas Perez after Rafa Benitez admitted he liked the player and has been impressed with him in the past. Perez looks set to leave the club, but so far clubs have been put off by his £13.4m fee. Perez has made his feelings clear recently and certainly wants to leave the club after being snubbed by Arsene Wenger.

Elneny to stay

Mohamed Elneny has stated his desire to stay at the club after turning down a move in the summer to Leicester City. Elneny feels he has something to prove and has vowed he is 100% focused on the coming season. Elneny started the Community Shield and played the full 90 minutes, putting in a good performance in the process. The Egyptian has been played in the back three in preseason by manager Arsene Wenger.

Gabriel Valencia bound

According to reports, Arsenal are looking to offload centre back Gabriel, with Valencia showing an interest in the Brazilian defender. Gabriel was signed in 2015 for 11.3m but the club would be willing to accept offers for around £10m. Wenger is looking to sell a number of Arsenal fringe players with a view to release funds for further signings, with Wenger looking at a possible two new faces, one being Thomas Lemar, with the club yet to agree a fee with his current club Monaco.

Kit change

According to reports, the club are in the process of looking for a new kit manufacturer, despite still having two years left on current supplier Puma. With Chelsea recently signing a £900m, 15 year deal with Nike worth £60m a year, and Manchester United currently in their third year of a £750m deal with Adidas, Arsenal are looking at bringing their manufacturing income in line with other top clubs. The clubs current deal is worth £30m annually with Puma.

Early team news

Arsenal kick off the Premier League season on Friday against Leicester City at the Emirates stadium with a host of injury worries. As reported Alexis Sanchez will play no part after his abdominal strain and joins Shkodran Mustafi, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesaker, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, and Gabriel on the side lines. Laurent Koscielny is also out through suspension. Record signing Alexandra Lacazette looks likely to start after impressing in preseason along with Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck. Arsenal’s other new signing Sead Kolasinac should also feature after impressing in the Community Shield win against Chelsea last weekend.