Arsene Wenger lauds Alexandre Lacazette after 4-3 win over Leicester

13 August, 2017, 22:55 | Author: Valerie Burke
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"For us, Alexis Sanchez is a loss, of course", Wenger said, adding that he was unlikely to have included the Chilean worldwide in Friday's starting line-up regardless of the fresh injury.

Sanchez returned to the club late after the summer break and has not featured in any pre-season games after playing at the Confederations Cup with Chile.

Arsenal may be close to ending one of their painful contract sagas after a report has claimed there has been a "huge breakthrough" in talks with Mesut Ozil, but Alexis Sanchez still isn't ready to sign despite apparently receiving another improved offer.

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare says he doesn't fear losing his best players in the final weeks of the summer market. I'm sure Chris will know the key for any newly-promoted team is how you do at home.

"I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere back".

Providing the team news for his side during his pre-match press conference, Wenger said, "I have plenty of uncertainties about the players who didn't play against Chelsea".

"They have top players, but it is just 11 v 11 on the pitch and we need them to be uncomfortable", the Spaniard told the club's website.

"I think I have for sure a good relationship with the club, with my owner", he said.

"We haven't been able to beat them yet but there's always a first time and it would be nice to think it would be Friday night".

Sanchez's initial return to training was delayed by three days as he had an illness but his extended absence from the team will only flame the fires of speculation over his future. "Old Trafford is waiting for us and I think Old Trafford has a reason to be behind us", he said.

Regardless of whether we figure out how to inspire him to sign an augmentation or not - we have so far not been capable to.However, Merson trusts Wenger would change his position if French monsters Paris Saint-Germain propelled a move.

"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group - he has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay".

"Yesterday I had the managers' meeting and was talking with the other managers in the other clubs".

Chelsea won the Premier League title last term in Conte's first campaign in charge but they did not have the distraction of European football.

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