Arsenal braced for edgy Premier League season as Leicester City target stability

He loves Arsenal and is loved- Wenger hails match-winner Giroud

According to a report by The Sun, Arsenal are determined to retain Alexis Sanchez beyond the transfer window and have offered him a new £300,000-a-week contract to ward off the likes of Manchester City and PSG.

Arsenal took 45 points at home last season but finished fifth in the table.

West Ham United, Everton and Ligue 1 side Marseille were said to be interested in signing Giroud this summer and Wenger had admitted that competition for places in attack lead him to opening the door for the 30-year-old to depart.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud staked a claim for a starting place with the victor in a thrilling season-opening 4-3 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League on Friday.

Manchester City and Chelsea are both reported to be keen on signing Sanchez, but Arsenal is not willing to sell to a Premier League rival.

Sanchez has been instrumental to Arsenal's fortunes ever since he joined them from Barcelona back in the summer of 2014.

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Riyad Mahrez, who has been linked with Arsenal and Roma, wants to leave the Foxes but Shakespeare says he won't be allowed to go "until we get a reasonable offer".

A host of injury worries means that Wenger could be without several key players on Friday.

It's little wonder some of Europe's elite might look to poach the Chile global after Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League last season.

Alexis Sanchez meanwhile hasn't featured for the Gunners since last season's FA Cup win.

He has said he intends "to focus completely on the Premier League", but if such an approach fails to yield a title challenge, he can expect the protests to ramp up quickly.

"I think in the future you will see that more and more, players going to the end of their contracts", he declared.

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