London - Arsenal risk losing striker Alexis Sanchez for free
next season, according to manager Arsene Wenger, who confirmed the club have
made no progress on a new contract for the Chilean striker.
Sanchez, 28, is currently in the final year of his contract.
He has been linked with a move to Paris St Germain in the current transfer
"We have not progressed on that front," Wenger
said in a news conference before Arsenal head to Stoke City on Saturday.
"At the moment, he is a player who goes into the final
year of his contract and prepares for the season. We have not made any progress
on the other front.
"It's not an ideal situation on the financial side and
it demands some sacrifice ... but it doesn't mean the players who are in the
final year of their contract will not extend their contract. We will work on
that as well."
Wenger said Sanchez is still recovering from an abdominal
strain but is expected to regain full fitness before the club's match in
Liverpool on August 27.
"For Sanchez, it (Stoke) looks a little early, but he
works hard in training," Wenger added. "He should be available for
next game against Liverpool.
"His recovery is going very well, he is working very
hard. But you have to be very cautious. It was a muscle strain and (you have to
be wary) not to have any setback on it."
The manager confirmed midfielders Jack Wilshere and Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are also in the final year of their contracts, are
firmly in his plans for the current season.
Wilshere returned to action from a fractured leg during
Arsenal Under-23's 3-2 win over Derby County earlier this week.
"It's good that he is back and available," Wenger
said. "I think he needs games now. He might play again on Monday night. He
is not far away now."
Arsenal began their campaign with a 4-3 home victory over
Leicester City last weekend.