Arsene Wenger: Alexis Sanchez to miss Arsenal opener

Premier League 2017/18 season preview Starsport writers give their predictions

Premier League 2017/18 season preview Starsport writers give their predictions

"I just think we are not open - what I said to you many times - to any offers, anyway".

Undermining Wenger's quest for harmony is the uncertainty surrounding several first-team players.

According to Transfer Market Web, the 23-year-old Italy worldwide has been on Wenger's shortlist for over a year now, but was overlooked last summer as he chose to sign Shkodran Mustafi last summer.

Sanchez in particular has been the subject of intense speculation about his future amid reported interest from the big-spending duo of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Gunners have spent much of the window so far fending off exit rumours surrounding the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud. "This league is the best and I think he could be one of the best in this league".

They are considered to be key figures heading forward, with Wenger eager to build on a first trophy triumph of the season - with Arsenal edging out Chelsea on spot-kicks following a 1-1 draw at Wembley.

The 26-year-old moved to the Emirates from Lyon in July for a record fee of over £45 million. Santi Cazorla, Gabriel Paulista and Jack Wilshere remain sidelined.

The Blues number 15 will miss their Premier League opener against Burnley this weekend as a result of the red card he received in the final match of last season.

Wenger praised his squad's resolve in battling back to defeat the Premier League champions, before saying that the challenge will be to keep that mentality throughout a long season.

"He is normally a wing-back, full-back but he can as well play as a centre-back".

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"Rest is going to be important because we're going to have a lot of games, and we players are in control of the way we prepare ourselves".

The England global has struggled to secure a regular first-team place since joining the Gunners six years ago, but Wenger believes the former Southampton winger is finally starting to fulfil his potential.

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