Football: Crocked Alexis Sanchez to miss Arsenal's first two Premier League games

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez taking a shot at goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London, on May 16, 2017.
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez taking a shot at goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London, on May 16, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

ENGLAND (REUTERS) - Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez will miss their first two Premier League games of the season after picking up an abdominal strain in training, manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday.

Wenger said the Chile international would miss Arsenal's home fixture against Leicester City on Friday (Saturday morning, Singapore time) as well as the trip to Stoke City on Aug 19.

Sanchez, who was Arsenal's top scorer in the Premier League with 24 goals last season, has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the French media, but Wenger has been adamant that he would stay at the Emirates Stadium.

"He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training and he had a scan two days ago," Wenger told a news conference.

"He is out for a while, could be two weeks but he will not be available for Stoke."

Sanchez, whose current deal expires in 2018, did not play in Arsenal's victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield last Sunday.