Gary Neville predicts where Man United, Chelsea will finish this season


Alexis Sanchez out for two weeks after picking up abdominal injury in training

Arsene Wenger is hopeful new signing Alexandre Lacazette can follow in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and transfer his sensational goalscoring ratio into the Premier League.

Having played in the Confederations Cup up until the final on July 2, Sanchez was given an extended summer break which included missing Sunday's Community Shield penalty win over Chelsea. "I can take a gamble on one, maybe maximum two, but I focus more on the players who had the right number of competitive minutes in recent weeks".

We have been shocked a few times but the target this time is to start in a strong way against a very hard team in Leicester.

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"I think if you read the French papers, they are on (Kylian) Mbappe's case to finish their transfer market".

"I have players coming back who have not played, like Mustafi". The Foxes did recover at the end of last season to move up to the middle of the table, and they added 20-year-old Manchester City attacker Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored 4 goals and had 3 assists in just over 500 minutes in league play last season. "I don't think I would have started him", he said.

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Still, the Blues could offer the 27-year-old greater wages, as well as another chance to play in the UEFA Champions League. The second offer is likely to be worth over £25million.

Pushed on whether the club had received any offers for Sanchez, specifically from Paris Saint-Germain, Wenger said: 'No, I didn't speak to Nasser (Al-Khelaifi, PSG chairman).

"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. I believe he will be a very great player".

Clermont had originally hired another woman, Portuguese Helena Costa, but Costa quit the role after a month in charge citing "total amateurism" and a "lack of respect" from the the club following the signings of players that were made without her consent. After seeming to solve some of their defensive frailties that plagued them at times a year ago City will look for a convincing win here and get an early lead on their rivals.

The two clubs get the new season under way at the Emirates on Friday and Shakespeare, beginning his first full campaign as manager, is under no illusions of the size of the task facing his team.

"To try to develop things that we normally don't do and in this moment there are so many teams playing with three in the back and wing-backs that probably sometimes we have to play that way".

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