Elneny assists as Arsenal rally to late 4-3 win over Leicester

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GETTYAlexis Sanchez is in the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract

The 2017/18 Premier League season kicks off on Friday evening as Arsenal welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium.

And although Wenger admits that he is a fan of the 26-year-old attacker, he says that Arsenal were never close to his signature.

Arsenal have been relatively quiet on the transfer front this summer, although the business they have done looks shrewd enough. Left backs Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac manned the middle of the defense, Giroud scored and the Gunners came from behind. Pep Guardiola has been busy in the on going transfer window.

Jose Mourinho has insisted that there are seven teams who could title for the Premier League title this season, all on a level footing with European competition to contend with.

Craig Shakespeare's efforts to guide Leicester to stability last season earned him the job on a permanent basis. The Foxes finished 12th last season and will be hoping to better that position once again. "It was a relief for me he chose to stay". Their key playmaker has made it clear he wants a new challenge but has been respectful of the club, so there shouldn't be unrest in the squad.

The Arsenal boss replied: "I would like [if] somebody who comes in gets the club to the next level".

"Alexis Sanchez is always a loss for us, of course".

Francis Coquelin has also returned to training after recovering from an ankle injury he suffered during the Emirates Cup.

So far, Manchester City has signed top class players like Danilo, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Ederson. While there are doubts surrounding the fitness of Islam Slimani, Robert Huth, Kelechi Iheanacho and Danny Drinkwater.

His next touch was heading the ball into the back of the net in the second minute and the Premier League was off and running. He scored 129 times in 275 games for Lyon so has a big reputation.

Then, as they usually do, Arsenal got it back by the end and pulled out a win.

Manchester City have spent almost £200million on new players this summer and Jenas believes they must be considered title favourites, although he insists it is the Champions League that boss Pep Guardiola really covets.

"He's faced something similar this season, but he's highlighted all the issues where he felt they weren't good enough and he's rooted them out".

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