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

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Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has been linked with a move away

Arsene Wenger in an interview with SFR Sport, says he's an Arsenal player for the short term, but he's not sure if the club will be able to extend his contract.

Sanchez, 28, has been linked with a move to PSG, who have just completed a world-record 222 million euros ($260 million) swoop for Barcelona superstar Neymar.

Wenger said Sanchez would not have started against Leicester even if he wasn't injured. "He's out for I don't know how long".

Asked if he expected Al-Khelaifi to get in touch, Wenger replied: "No, no". They are on (Kylian) Mbappe's case, that's what I read in the papers.

Fans should bear in mind that Alexis scored 24 goals in the league last season, and as such, he has attracted interest from both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

Although Wenger insisted several times that Sanchez would not be sold, he confirmed that the forward would miss Friday's Premier League clash at home to Leicester besides a trip to Stoke the following weekend. "He practised well today, this morning, had a good session for the first time because he had a little muscular strain".

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"He had a scan two days ago and he's out for a while". Some players rush into deals because they think they have to go to avoid getting found out.

Here's the thing, Alexis Sanchez is the original front-man for Arsenal, and the club has no one else good enough on the team to replace him should he fail to perform. "We have all the other players prepared in preseason and they are all ready".

On Friday night, as Arsenal kicked off the new EPL season against Leicester, Sanchez and his girlfriend watched on in the stands.

"I can't tell you that at the moment", he said.

Speaking after Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties at Wembley, Wenger revealed he was looking to trim his squad before the transfer window closes, but he said no departures were now imminent.

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