Saturday, 19 August, 2017

2017-18 Premier League opens season in fashion

Soccer-Arsenal's Sanchez out of opener due to abdominal strain Thierry Henry speaks on Iheanacho's transfer to Leicester City
Spencer Simpson | 13 August, 2017, 01:04

Arsenal - It will be another season of pain for Arsenal with possibly more protests over Arsene Wenger.

According to the British media reports, City have spent over 200 million pounds ($259.62 million) on full-backs Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo, goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva.

But Ozil returned to training this week and is expected to feature in the opening Premier League game of the season tonight (7.45pm United Kingdom time) when Arsenal host Leicester.

Campbell and Steve Bould were on target when George Graham's side suffered a 4-2 home defeat to Norwich, an inauspicious maiden outing in the initial Premier League season.

'In my other clubs what I had was more players scoring goals, ' he said.

Pundits and fellow managers, including Arsène Wenger, have suggested Chelsea's outgoings in this transfer window will make it hard for the Blues.

Alexandre Lacazette's arrival has bumped Giroud even further down the Arsenal pecking order, but having given the 30-year-old the chance to leave, Wenger was thrilled he made a decision to stay.

With less than a year remaining on Sanchez's current deal at the Emirates Stadium, the Chile global has been linked with a move away from the club and that he could even walk away for free at the end of the upcoming season.

"We are well prepared and ready for a fight, and of course ambitious as well", Wenger said what he always says. "But of course at the moment I have now 33 players and it is very hard to manage on a daily basis such a high number".

Ahead of the 2012/2013 campaign, the Dutchman - who had a year remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium - was sold to rivals Manchester United (much to the anger of Gunners supporters) and netted 24 goals to lead them to the Premier League title.

"We were never close", said the Frenchman.

"It's the same pressure as I had last season", Guardiola explained.

"It's not something urgent, that we are desperate to have it done or not done, I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did past year was not enough for him".

We had to claw it from the brink of disaster though, as with les than 10 minutes on the clock we needed two goals to get the three points, and we got them thanks to the subs. I feel the same pressure at Barcelona when I arrived.

But Leicester pulled one back through Shinji Okazaki who scored for the Foxes by outjumping Granit Xhaka to head home Harry Maguire's cutback header for the Foxes' first goal of the season.

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