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Merson: "Arsenal would let Sanchez go to PSG tomorrow"

12 Août 2017

"Every manager's nightmare is to lose players in the last 24 hours or on the day of the window [closing] and you can't get replacements in". Last season they drew an unbelievable 15 games, which will certainly change this time around.

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has predicted on Betvictor.com that Arsenal will win against Leicester City this week.

Arsenal have quite a healthy record when facing Leicester as they've won four of their last five games against the Foxes, including a double in their title winning campaign of 2015-16.

"I rate Mahrez as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere back, Mesut Ozil ... we have plenty of the same type of players".

Iheanacho has recovered from a toe injury to be in contention for the Premier League's curtain-raiser at Arsenal on Friday night and Shakespeare has been impressed in training.

Alexandre Lacazette puts his goal-scoring abilities on display in the Premier League for the first time when Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Friday. Eden Hazard will need to shoulder more responsibility while Conte will hope new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko would replicate his last season's form at Monaco.

If Leicester City can get their defence to tire a firing Arsenal down, there always are points to be taken.

"It will be hard, with the quality of their players, their fan base and the money that they can spend, but that's the Premier League". However, they will be without Alexis Sanchez, who has been ruled out for the first two weeks of the season amid rumours he is agitating for an exit.

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Albrighton, James, Ndidi, Gray; Vardy, Okazaki.

Aaron Ramsey could also come back in to the side after overcoming a minor calf problem while Per Mertesacker may feature despite suffering a nasty cut above his eye at Wembley. "The application from the players has been good as well and I think we have got the fitness into them".