Both Sanchez and Ozil sat out the game completely, as did Aaron Ramsey, and Wenger is uncertain whether they will return to contention for the visit of the Foxes.
Last year was disappointing for Arsenal in the league - they came fifth - which Wenger put down to the negative attitude which he now admits was due to his own silence over his future. Germany defender Antonio Rudiger also joined from Roma.
Combine that with what is expected to be a wide-open race to the top four between Chelsea, forementioned Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool, look for Alexis to be featured prominently.
'I think these are rumours, Eden is very happy to stay with us to stay with Chelsea, to start the new season, to recover from his injury'.
Antonio Conte, manager of Chelsea, talks during a Chelsea Press Conference at Chelsea Training Ground on August 4, 2017 in London, England.
Manchester City has shown serious interest in Sanchez but Wenger is unwilling to sell to a Premier League rival. If Ozil can match his talent with consistency he has the ability to make Arsenal legitimate challengers.
"It's an encouragement and nothing more than that", the coach insisted.
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Keep up to date with ALL the football news, gossip, transfers and goals on our club page plus fixtures, results and live match commentary. I wanted first him to come back, he is coming out of a fracture.
But Everton has reinvested the Lukaku windfall.
"I fear Chelsea might have made the same mistake this summer".
After a while, Arsenal substitute Sead Kalasinac equalised in the 82nd minute, heading home to cap an impressive performance. "Mesut got a kick on his ankle and it's swollen so he couldn't play". It shouldn't be a problem. After signing a new two-year deal in May, 2017/18 will mark a 22nd season at Arsenal for Wenger; only United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has been in charge for more Premier League campaigns (27) with one club.
Lampard also called on the club to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes.