Wenger faced the press today ahead of tomorrow’s game against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. The journalists mainly questioned the manager about whether Alexis Sanchez is genuinely injured and how long he would be out for.
Wenger confirmed that the injury is genuine, and was later confirmed by many journalists including David Ornstein himself as well. The injury will mean that Arsenal’s main man will be out for two weeks with an abdominal strain and that he will play no part in Friday nights game. There were rumours that the player could be faking an injury so a big move from Arsenal this summer wouldn’t be jeopardised or that he’s trying to kick up a fuss so that Arsenal move him on. Though these seem to be slowly dying out, as the manager once again confirmed that the forward was staying in North Lond.
Another topic of the press conference was whether there would be any players departing in the near future. To which Arsene responded that there was “congestion in the market”. Whether this means that we aren’t able to offload our fringe players due to their wages, or that the lower clubs need to offload players before they can sign players from Arsenal. With the TV money that the clubs in the Premier League receive it looks unlikely that they won’t be able to afford the fringe players salaries.
There are a number of players looking likely to leave, one of those being Lucas Perez, who the boss has admitted that he’s spoken to the Newcastle United manager about. Another is Carl Jenkinson who Swansea have been interested in, the papers have said that Arsenal are happy to do a loan deal with the Welsh club if they can’t agree on a fee, or aren’t able to pay his wages as well as the transfer fee.
With Wenger’s squad currently packed with centre backs, it looks possible that we might need to offload one, with either Gabriel or Calum Chambers being the most likely. The Brazillian seems to be a target for Valencia, where he would return to La Liga.
As you will have all seen the squad differences between Arsenal and Chelsea for the Community Shield, with time running out for transfers to happen Arsene and the backroom staff really need to start clearing out these fringe players that are using up the wages to sign the likes of Lemar etc.