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Wenger braced for knife-edge Arsenal season

13 August 2017, 11:54 | Charlene Valdez

GETTYMartin Keown does not think Alexis Sanchez will stay at Arsenal long term

Martin Keown

The flawless way to start a new Premier League season is with a 7-goal thriller, and that's exactly what Arsenal and Leicester City provided, including lead changes, supersubs and late drama. Okay, some will have the luck to play on Tuesday or Wednesday, or Saturday or Sunday.

"He had a scan two days ago and he's out for a while - we don't know if it is two weeks or one more week, but he will not be available", Wenger said at a news conference on Wednesday, ESPNFC reported. It remains to be seen if Wenger sticks to playing with three at the back or if he will change and play with two strikers.

In the build-up to Friday's game Wenger repeatedly stressed the importance of beginning with a positive result against Leicester - and the Gunners appeared to have listened to their manager as they made the dream start. However, Leicester could prove to be tough opposition, especially if Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are out, as expected. "But all the other players prepared in preseason and are ready", Wenger said.

Wenger also dismissed Chelsea's reported interest in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, saying he is still firmly in his first-team plans.

Gary Neville added: "I spoke to Danny Simpson and he said decisions like that always happens here".


In the end, it was Wenger's moves that paid off.

Let's have a look at which teams are on the list of top contenders to win the Premier League title this season.

Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, who joined German side VfB Stuttgart last month, is the only player to depart, while several additions have been made to bolster the squad, including striker Kelechi Iheanacho and defender Harry Maguire.

While Ozil and Ramsey missed the Community Shield, Mertesacker was taken off injured after sustaining a head injury. I wanted first for him to come back, he is coming out of a fracture. They have won only once in their last seven opening-day games - a 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace in 2014 - and have not lost three consecutive opening-day games since 1960.

Leicester showed some of the form that won them the title in 2016 and helped stave off relegation last term but in the end they were undone by canny France global Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer.



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