Arsenal's new €53 million man enjoys dream start to Premier League life

Arsenal's new €53 million man enjoys dream start to Premier League life”

The north London-based club finished last season in fifth-placed.

Arsenal remain adamant that Alexis will not be sold this summer with Guardiola accepting that a free transfer next year could be an alternative.

Danny Welbeck (L) equalised for Arsenal just at the stroke of half time.

Wenger admitted that he scouted the striker "for a long time" but said it's often difficult to convince players from the Lyon region to leave France.

Well if you were a manager and you would be on the bench when you're 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go, and you win 4-3, you're more happy than concerned.

The 2017/18 Premier League season welcomes Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion for their top flight debuts.

"At some stage, I had to tell them, 'Look guys, I am with you, but we have to win games'". The former came as a welcome signing at 53 million euros as Wenger was already facing the heat because he was unwilling to loosen his purse strings to buy quality players.

Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata who recently joined the Premier League will also fancy their chances of winning the award, even though it is really difficult as they haven't yet mastered the League.

Mourinho won the league in his second seasons at Porto, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, as well as in both of his stints at Chelsea, but he expects this season s title race to be an almighty scrap.

"Always when I have faced opposition or unhappiness, I try to focus on what I think is important in the game, work harder and question myself, what can I improve?"

Islam Slimani has a knee problem which has hampered his preparations for this match up and therefore Jamie Vardy looks to start as a lone striker.

Who will you be backing to lift the 2017/18 Premier League trophy?

The second half started slowly until Vardy sent another shock through the Emirates with his second goal in the 56th minute. Overall I am convinced that the team is focused and I see that every day in training.

Potential Arsenal Starting Lineup (3-4-3): Cech, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Kolašinac, Xhaka, Elneny, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson admits he would be happier if the 28-year-old moved abroad instead of - just like van Persie - joining and therefore bolstering a Premier League rival.

A three-man panel, which will consist of an ex-manager, an ex-player, and an ex-match official, will make the decision.

Sanchez, who has also been linked with Manchester City, has not played for Arsenal in pre-season after being granted extra time off after playing at the Confederations Cup with Chile.

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