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Arsenal could sell Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in January — Wenger

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Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has said that the Gunners might be forced to sell both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in January if there were no significant breakthrough in their contract talks.

The pair are in the final year of their contracts with Arsenal, and although Wenger remains hopeful that negotiations with his two biggest players will reach a successful conclusion, the Frenchman had also opened the door to releasing the players for a hefty sum if the situation drags on.

“Once you are in our kind of situation we have envisaged every kind of solution, yes,” he said. “It’s possible.”

“I always said the fact that we didn’t find an agreement last year doesn’t mean the player will necessarily leave. Both players look happy here and overall I hope the situation can be turned around. At the moment, we are not close enough to announce anything.” – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Wenger also added that his club had not set a deadline to conclude a deal but has been encouraged after learning that Ozil, who is after a massive pay rise before committing himself to Arsenal, wants to stay in the Premier League.

On the other hand, Wenger does not believe that Chile’s absence from the World Cup in the coming summer would prompt a drop in Sanchez’s form for Arsenal.

“He expected to go. Certainly it is a big disappointment for him,” Wenger said. “(But) I have no doubt he wants to perform. He never goes on the football pitch to lose a football game. Sánchez is a winner. You want your players to be in a positive mind and to have positive experiences. To go to the World Cup is the target of every single player who plays football.”

Sanchez has flown back to London on Thursday, but Wenger is apprehensive that he will not be ready to start against Watford after a gruelling match against Brazil.

“I watched the game, what a physical game it was,” the Arsenal coach added. “The number of fouls … He played against Dani Alves, that was a real battle, believe me. It’s worse to watch.”

Manchester United: injured Marouane Fellaini set to miss Liverpool game

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Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out of Manchester United’s trip to Liverpool on Saturday because of strained medial knee ligaments and it is expected he will need a number of weeks to recover.

The Belgian has scored four goals in six appearances for United this season, including two in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in their last game before the international break, and his absence stacks upon player selection problems for United’s manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese had already seen his squad lose a vital player in midfielder Paul Pogba — who was out with a serious hamstring problem.

In Pogba’s place, Fellaini had been paired with Nemanja Matic in the United midfield ahead of Ander Herrera, who was first-choice last season, before sustaining the injury in Belgium’s 4-3 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Sarajevo. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

But Fellaini — whose involvement in the game against Bosnia-Herzegovina has already been criticised by a frustrated Mourinho as Belgium had already qualified for Russia 2018 — was forced off the pitch in a limp after just 29 minutes after hurting his left knee in an awkward fall.

Mourinho would thus have to to cope with their absence by solely relying on Matic on Herrera in their visit against Liverpool ahead of a busy October for United, which includes six games including playing Benfica in Lisbon four days after the Liverpool game, and a potentially difficult fixture against Tottenham towards the end of the month.

However, further problems could lie just ahead for United as Romelu Lukaku, Fellaini’s club and international team-mate, is due to have a test on Monday before Belgian coach Roberto Martínez decides whether to choose him for Tuesday night’s final Group H qualifier against Cyprus.

Lukaku had been absent in the match against Bosnia-Herzegovina because of an ankle problem.

Leicester turns to CAS after appeal to FIFA over Adrien Silva fails

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Leicester City are considering going to the court of arbitration for sport (CAS) to plead their case after FIFA turned down their appeals to legitimise Adrien Silva’s registration.

The Foxes’ appeal to to secure the registration of Portugal midfielder Silva was rejected by world football’s governing body on Wednesday morning, after Leicester and the Football Association had asked to ratify the transfer as the paperwork for Silva’s £22m deadline day move from Sporting Lisbon had been declared to have been submitted 14 seconds late.

Instead of opting to make an exception with the slight delay, FIFA withheld the International Transfer Certificate, as the data input into its Transfer Matching System was received by the FA moments after the deadline.

After the world governing body also refused appeals to the case, Silva will remain registered to play for Leicester until January. It also leaves him in limbo, being unable to train with Leicester and having been left out of Portugal’s squad for their final World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Switzerland this month. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

A Leicester spokesman said: “The Foxes’ appeal to to secure the registration of Portugal midfielder Silva was rejected by world football’s governing body on Wednesday morning.”

“We cannot hide our disappointment or that of the player at the short-term consequences of the decision. Leicester City are considering going to the court of arbitration for sport over the signing of Adrien Silva.”

“We maintain, and have made strong representations to the Players’ Status Committee, that all parties involved in Adrien’s transfer fulfilled their obligations, consistent with regulations and within the required timeframe. The club is reserving its position in relation to whether it will decide to appeal the decision to the court of arbitration for sport.”

“The club and its staff will continue to work with Adrien to hopefully minimise the impact that missing a substantial period of the season may have on the player, while continuing to prepare the squad for the games ahead.”

Chelsea wants new diagnosis of Alvaro Morata injury

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Chelsea is intent on making their diagnosis on the extent of Alvaro Morata’s injury after the striker was taken off the pitch during their match against Manchester City last weekend.

The Blues had initially substituted him as a precaution in the game, hoping they had averted a serious injury, even as the 24-year-old forward travelled to Madrid to link up with the Spanish international squad the following day.

However, after undergoing an MRI scan at the city’s Sanitas University hospital of La Moraleja, it was reportedly revealed that the player has sustained a grade two myofascial injury to his hamstring muscles.

Morata subsequently withdrew from the Spain squad and return to London, with Chelsea’s medical department keen on conducting their own scans on the injury later this week. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Their hopes was that their diagnosis will reveal that the damage is not as extensive as that suggested in tests undertaken by the Spanish Football Federation over the weekend, which suggests that Mortata could take four to eight weeks to heal.

The suggestion was reinforced by Morata himself, as the striker took to social media to post a photograph of him in the club’s training gear and declaring: “I have no time to lose! Working hard towards recovery! [Target] Crystal Palace.” only to subsequently delete it.

This can be conjectured that the Palace game would be considered too early for the player to return. In addition to missing World Cup qualifying fixtures against Albania and Israel, Morata’s absence in Chelsea creates a void up front for the Blues after their record £60m summer signing scored six goals and brought two assists after just seven Premier League games. – Apart from international fixtures, Morata could also be absent from two Champions League ties with Roma, a League Cup tie against Everton — in which Morata would have been unlikely to start — and Premier League matches against Watford, Bournemouth and, most critically, Manchester United on Guy Fawkes’ night.