Sanchez to miss start of season

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The France global, who moved to the Gunners for a club-record deal this summer, scored 28 goals from 2,408 minutes of action in Ligue 1 last season.

Arsene Wenger will be without the services of Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal begin their campaign for the 2017/18 Premier League season on Friday. Expect a closer game this time but if Spurs harbour ambitions of winning the league they need to be winning these sort of games.

"That's the target. He has to show he can do that".

Manchester City are known long-time admirers of the former Barcelona player but reports emanating from France suggested the Parisians are looking to bolster their attacking ranks further following last week's world-record deal to bring Neymar to the French capital from Barcelona.

Even though Arsenal are hit with injuries, Arsenal will be high on confidence after defeating Chelsea to clinch the Community Shield.

Wenger added that in the next decade there might be "management specialists" who will take the role of a manager using scientific tools to run teams. "He can play on the left side but also in central defence".

"We are open to an exceptional player", he said. "But all the other players prepared in preseason and are ready", Wenger said.

"I don't know whether Craig Shakespeare will play a 4-4-1-1 or a proper 4-4-2, but it's a good signing".

Conte said he believed Chelsea, who have also signed midfielder Tiemoue Bakayako from Monaco, are a stronger side than last season. "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".

"In our period of dominance he was what we want him to be: to move the ball in a simple way, to give balance to the team, to start building from the back".

Last year was a huge disappointment in the league as we finished outside the top four for the first time in 20 years but we managed to salvage something from the season after lifting the FA Cup.

"Going forward and character wise we have been great", said a relieved Wenger, who will be seeking a first league title since 2004 after being handed another two years in charge. The best therapy is to win and it would be fantastic. "It's going to be a tough game". That makes a good performance in their opening fixture at home to Stoke City all the more important.

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