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Arsenal without Sanchez for season opener

11 Août 2017

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes new signing Alexandre Lacazette can replicate the kind of form Zlatan Ibrahimovic had at Manchester United last season. One piece of silverware has already been won - FA Community Shield - and more could be on the way.

"You've got to be patient sometimes with this formation we're playing, you play a different style of football, that's what we're learning still and we're getting better".

As the Premier League gears up for a return to action this weekend, Press Association Sport takes a statistical look at some of the key match-ups in the opening round of fixtures. Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Martin Keown has urged Alexis Sanchez to see out the final year of his contract with the Gunners with "dignity and respect". Leicester are going to cause teams trouble this season, but they are up against it here.

Therefore, to have Leicester City as their opponents in the season-opener - and that too at home - is a bonus, one that they'd like to accept with both hands.

Furthermore, while the former Udinese and Barcelona striker has allegedly told his teammates that he is resigned to staying at the club this season before leaving for free next summer, City are still waiting in the wings ready to make a move. "Mesut Ozil ... we have plenty of the same type of players". As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal.

Say what you will about Arsenal's defence, but the club gave up just 44 goals last term.

Of course, this leaves a lot of interested clubs with a big problem, unwilling to spend more than £10m on a player who only made four league appearances last season. Another new signing at The Emirates is Sead Kolasinac. I am pumped for this to start though, I mean it seems early, but hey it is regular season.

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech has carried over his fine form from previous year in to pre-season as he's produced some fine displays recently so I see no reason to think Wenger won't stick with him as his number one in the Premier League.

Despite huge success in women's football in recent years, when you look at the women's top flight in England, still only three of the 10 teams are managed by women with Chelsea's Emma Hayes the sole female manager until comparatively recently.

Arsenal without Sanchez for season opener