Pep Guardiola: Premier League players £20-£25m more expensive

Chilean keeper Claudio Bravo and Co are putting the finishing touches on the preparations

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has spoken about the future of Olivier Giroud, after the France striker scored the victor in their 4-3 win over Leicester City on Friday night.

I suppose we have in a way, with the signing of the France worldwide striker Alexandre Lacazette from the French Ligue 1 club Lyon marking another record breaking spend on one player.

"But I don't want him to go and in the end he chose to stay and it was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is".

City's first choice XI is pretty much impossible to predict right now (but we're going to have a go anyway) and we'll also take a look at how the team might set out by the time the window shuts at the end of August.

With time running out, Arsenal needed some sort of miracle, and they got just that from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

Since the start of last season, he has scored seven Premier League goals when coming off the bench - three more than any other player in the same period. It was one of the great days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is.

Wenger's gamble to field a back three featuring one recognised centre-back collapsed in a display of complete defensive incompetence.

"We did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now", said the Catalan. "Yeah, we have top quality".

When asked if he expected Mahrez to stay, he said: "Who knows?" In the case of the first two, I feel that this may hit them and their league title hopes, since I've yet to see sufficient strengthening of their squad. "Because one was a corner, one was a goal where we lost the ball in the build-up and the third goal was a corner again". As the new season kicks off, we should not lose sight of the fact that on the whole the sector remains both healthy and exciting'.

"The Premier League starts on Sunday and we want to be contenders for the title", he said.

"You come away from home, score three goals and are almost there and then concede two.bitterly disappointed", he said.

Remember that boring 2016-17 Premier League season that Chelsea won easily?

Their rapid breaks were reminiscent of their title-winning side of two seasons ago, as was their clinical finishing: the Foxes scored with each of their three efforts on target. "We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard".

While his £52m fee has been dwarfed by some of the others we've seen this summer, Arsenal will still be happy to see the investment being repaid so quickly.

On his super-sub role, he added: "That's a nice start, but obviously I prefer to be on the pitch".

Benjamin Mendy had also seemed destined for Stamford Bridge before Manchester City nabbed him for $71 million while Mo Salah, who Chelsea once sold, became Liverpool's record $62 million signing.

"I'm always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan".

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