Fuchs backs new boy Iheanacho to shine for Leicester City


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confessed it was tough to keep hold of David Ospina amid strong interests from several club sides around Europe.

However, they will be without Alexis Sanchez, who has been ruled out for the first two weeks of the season amid rumours he is agitating for an exit.

However, Wenger was surprisingly upbeat over Sanchez's future.

"He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training".

The Chile worldwide suffered an abdominal injury in training and could miss two weeks, while defender Laurent Koscielny is suspended for the visit of the Foxes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would therefore have to make do with a place on the bench. I should also state that as far as soccer and the English Premier League go, I am a Arsenal man and it is my favorite club outside the USA.

The central midfield partnership of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny looks set to continue as Ramsey remains a doubt for the season opener in north London.

On Sanchez and Ozil's final year of contract, Wenger said: "When a player goes into the final year of their contract we will try to extend the contract because there is no reason we shouldn't do it, but we are not there yet".

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"We were never close", he said, when asked about Arsenal moving for Mahrez.

"We know he [Mahrez] wants to leave, but until we get a reasonable offer then he stays".

"I have sympathy for him [Conte]. But of course at the moment I have now 33 players and it is very hard to manage on a daily basis such a high number", the Frenchman added.

"It's been a long pre-season and it's always tough", Leicester captain Wes Morgan said. But what makes the injury more hard is that Danny Drinkwater too is absent due to injury.

It is crucial the Frenchman gets off to a good start, especially if they lose the goals Alexis Sanchez brought to the table, at the start of the season at the very least. Since Arsenal's last Premier League trophy, fighting on both fronts - along with the domestic cups - was killing the team. Arsenal plays Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Maguire was one of Hull City's brighter sparks in their relegation campaign last season and is excellent carrying the ball out from defence.