Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Arsenal’s first two Premier League fixtures after suffering an abdominal strain in training.
The wantaway Chilean, who is still pushing to leave the club this summer, will miss Friday’s opener against Leicester and next Saturday’s trip to Stoke.
However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger insists it is still ‘possible’ that the former Barcelona forward could sign a new contract at the Emirates.
‘Sanchez will not be available,’ Wenger admitted during his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against the Foxes.
‘He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training. He had the scan two days ago. He’s out for a while.’
Asked if Sanchez, who has less than a year left on his contract, could yet put pen to paper on a new deal with Arsenal, Wenger said: ‘Always possible. When a player is in the final year (of their contract) we will always try to extend.
‘There is no reason not to do it. We are not there yet.’
Pushed on whether the club had received any offers for Sanchez, specifically from Paris Saint-Germain, Wenger said: ‘No, I didn’t speak to Nasser (Al-Khelaifi, PSG chairman).
‘He was busy completing the transfer of Neymar. They are on (Kylian) Mbappe’s case, that’s what I read in the papers. I have had no contact at all with PSG.
‘I can’t tell you that (if there have been offers). We are not open to any offers anyway.
‘He is focused. When you have treatment on the medical bench it’s not easy.’