Sanchez to miss Arsenal's EPL opener against Leicester

Arsene Wenger has challenged Alexandre Lacazette to follow Zlatan Ibrahimovic's example.

In the opening game of the season, Arsenal may have averted the comeback of 'out with Wenger' chants for a bit, but the 4-3 win against Leicester City at the Emirates stadium was by no means decisive.

Day one optimism burst down from the stands as the record signing, Lacazette, opened the scoring with his first meaningful Premier League touch. After Lacazette's shot was blocked, Leicester's defenders raised choreographed "offside" arms while Kolasinac ambled on to poke the ball for Welbeck to prod in an equaliser.

While there remains question-marks over the Arsenal future of Alexis Sanchez, who misses the visit of the Foxes with an abdominal injury, Lacazette will be aiming to become a new fan-favourite in north London.

Although Wenger insisted several times that Sanchez would not be sold, he confirmed that the forward would miss Friday's Premier League clash at home to Leicester besides a trip to Stoke the following weekend.

Sanchez, who has also been linked with Manchester City, has not played for Arsenal in pre-season after being granted extra time off after playing at the Confederations Cup with Chile.

A year on since that title win, no one is quite sure about what holds more truth - the claim that 2015/16 was indeed a fluke, or the opinion that the disaster that followed was but a bad chapter.

Ibrahimovic also arrived from Ligue 1 last season, joining Manchester United from Paris Saint-Germain as he scored 17 league goals and 28 in all competitions. A dream attack triumvirate surely and many Premier League defences will suffer nightmares.

"Overall I believe that it s down to us".

The Gunners boss replied: "I had an impact on the season, because at some stage the players came to see me and said:,'What's going on boss?"

"I'd like his family to get the credit".

Wenger did appear to have some respite though, with Danny Welbeck levelling for the Gunners just before half-time.

The English Premier League 2017/18 is all set to kick-off on August 12 (midnight in India).

"Yes. Because look at what City have done". They all stay in Lyon.

"Chelsea have bought Morata and have not lost Diego Costa yet". "He's young and will only get better".

If you bet £25 on any player to top the table at the end of the season, we'll give a £5 free bet every-time they score in the competition. "Even people will say we conceded three goals, yes, but we scored four as well and the game was of quality".

"I love the man and the player [Giroud] and he doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay".

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