Southampton miss out on Danny Welbeck signing due to wage demands

Southampton miss out on Danny Welbeck signing due to wage demands

Unai Emery's Arsenal team will begin the Premier League season against Manchester City.

"Each player has this quality, this characteristic to help the team as a collective".

Neither side have any suspensions.

Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy started at full-back at Wembley and seem good bets to do so again.

The 27-year-old English global has less than a year remaining on his contract and so a lucrative deal as a free agent is only one season of bench-warming away, if he was to be that way inclined.

Fernandinho is the first choice for the defensive midfield role, though ahead of him it is harder to predict. Guardiola says his team is now "Bernardo Silva plus 10 more", suggesting the Portuguese will start in midfield.

It didn't get much attention because Arsenal's season was basically over before he arrived, but Aubameyang had a fantastic start to his Arsenal career.

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The left back won't be available on Sunday as he is out for 8-10 weeks due to a knee injury which he sustained in the pre-season.

New signing Bernd Leno has been picked for three of Arsenal's five friendlies as he looks to claim the No.1 spot from Petr Cech.

Lucas Torreira, another new signing, could make his debut in midfield.

However, former Premier League victor Lehmann has dismissed the idea suggesting that other teams like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United too could compete for the title and it won't be a lopsided campaign like last time.

Arsenal have struggled to keep pace with the likes of City, Manchester United and Chelsea over the last few years under Arsene Wenger.

Representatives of Ladbrokes Alex Apati said: "Welbeck could well have played his last game for Arsenal and the latest betting suggests it's Southampton who'll seal a deal for the England forward".

The Gunners, who finished sixth last term, face the daunting task of taking on champions Manchester City in their first game on Sunday. The 30-year-old Argentinian has already kicked off the 2018-19 campaign with a two-goal performance against Chelsea during City's 2-0 victory in the FA Community Shield match on August 5, with the Citizens outshooting the Blues 18-5 and showing a dominant performance - as if the team never really had a summer break.

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