Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that talisman Alexis Sanchez will miss the start of the new season.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Wenger, who is currently in Singapore with his side on their pre-season tour, has revealed that the Chilean forward will return back to training on August 3, but will need time before returning to on-field action.
Ultimately, Sanchez will miss the club's Community Shield showdown with champions Chelsea, while he also looks set to miss the club's opening Premier League fixture with West Ham United at the Emirates.
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Sanchez, of course, starred for his national side at the Copa America, where he led Chile to success, scoring the winning penalty in the final victory over Argentina.
And the Arsenal chief has hailed the former Barcelona star, claiming that he 'contributed to a historic achievement' over the course of the summer.
The Arsenal boss told reporters: "He will be back on August 3 and usually it takes three weeks to be competitive. With Alexis it could be a little bit less. He will certainly miss the first game.
"He went into the Copa America a little bit jaded but when he had to turn up in the final he was there, always dangerous, always provoking opponents and the one with the guts to take the final penalty.
"He contributed to a historic achievement. It is something special they have done and he was a big part of it."
It may seem slightly harsh on Sanchez, but Arsenal are going to need him to be even better next season, if the club are serious about overhauling Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League table.
Ultimately, despite the Chilean proving one of the standout players of the 2014/15 campaign, he has even more to give, and has the potential to act as the club's talisman, as they go in search of success on both the domestic and European scene.
Wenger and Co. will certainly be hoping that he returns to the club fresh and ready to go from the off-set. It was only last season, of course, when a slow start arguably cost the Gunners of Premier League success, so things must be different this time round.
Ok, they will have to start the campaign without their main man, but he will no doubt have an integral role to play throughout the remainder of the season. It's a huge season for Arsenal, and they're going to need their best player to produce the goods week in, week out.
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