Arsene Wenger admits potential 'mistake' in delaying Arsenal talks

Arsene Wenger admits potential 'mistake' in delaying Arsenal talks

"We haven't been able to beat them yet but there's always a first time and it would be nice to think it would be Friday night".

"That's what I read in the papers and on my side I had no contact at all with Paris Saint-Germain [about Sanchez]".

"I think we are not open to any offers anyway".

Key players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are still yet to commit to the Gunners beyond their current deals, which expire in the next 12 months, and Wenger conceded the uncertainty surrounding his own situation may have eked into the dressing room.

But Wenger said he had not heard from PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and referred to French media reports suggesting PSG are more interested in signing Monaco's Kylian Mbappe.

"Last year, Chelsea did not play in the European Cup and, certainly, they were a bit more consistent in the Premier League", Wenger added.

Speaking against the backdrop of of their 4-1 loss on penalties to Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, the wing back said: "Not the ending we were hoping for on Sunday in the end but we feel fit and ready for a big season ahead".

Aaron Ramsey's calf will keep him out of the Friday game, but Per Mertesacker will be fine after suffering a nasty cut in the Community Shield.

Wenger praised his squad's resolve in battling back to defeat the Premier League champions, before saying that the challenge will be to keep that mentality throughout a long season.

Last season, Burnley lost 3-0 at Chelsea and drew 1-1 at Turf Moor but Mee believes that results early in the last campaign, including home wins over Liverpool and Everton and a draw at Manchester United, are a cause for optimism.

"The game does not tolerate as many weaknesses as it did 20 years ago". If you look at the top six from last season, it will be hard to break into that.

"He still needs to adapt to the intensity of the game but overall he had very interesting moves and I believe that after what we have seen [against Chelsea] he will become stronger and stronger".