Arsenal boss Wenger reveals Sanchez injury layoff

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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.

Last season was by far the most hard of Wenger's 21-year tenure as manager, with Arsenal's on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from sections of the club's support.

"They have been quite spectacular in the transfer market, Manchester United as well".

"A lot (of the trouble) was created by my own situation".

Who are we to believe?

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has reportedly flown to France for talks with Paris Saint-Germain this weekend.

Wenger, who has repeatedly insisted the Chile worldwide will stay in north London, was eager to stress that Sanchez's absence from training was due to an abdominal strain he picked up before the game against Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Sanchez, who scored 30 goals last season, is set to miss Arsenal's trip to Stoke City.

Alexis then missed his return date last week due to illness, meaning he watched from the stands as Arsenal proved victors over Chelsea on penalties in the Community Shield on Sunday.

With Laurent Koscielny suspended, Gabriel still nursing a knee injury and Shkodran Mustafi not yet match fit following his late arrival to pre-season training it means Wenger has limited options at the back.

It is the first time in the 129-year history of English league football that the top flight season starts on a Friday, and there will be plenty of questions for Arsene Wenger to answer ahead of the curtain raiser to 2017/18.

He has said he intends "to focus completely on the Premier League", but if such an approach fails to yield a title challenge, he can expect the protests to ramp up quickly.

Ozil and fellow midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also out of contract at the end of the season, and offers of more than £50m for either of them or Sanchez would test Wenger's resolve to keep hold of them.

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