Wenger suggests Man United do not deserve Champions League football

Two players that unlikely to lead the line for Arsenal, from the start at least, are Lucas Perez and Alexis Sanchez.

Tomorrow's game may be viewed by people as a friendly, but both teams will no doubt be looking for a win.

"In the end you can not avoid it being a friendly but we want to win our games, we want to do well. I stand by what I said last season, they don't have the best XI, maybe not the best 15, but the squad is among the best around".

In a sign that Conte is aware of the risk that his new recruits might not settle quickly in England, newspapers have said he is still hoping to sign three or four British-based players before the season kicks off on August 12. Chelsea will be keen to avenge their defeat from last May's FA Cup final whereas Arsenal will look to show that with the addition of Lacazette, they have more than enough to compete for honours this season.

"The transparent society is very pushy but we have to resist a little bit, as much as we can".

Despite finishing 6th in the Premier League table last season, one place behind Arsenal, United's victory over Ajax in the Europa League final at the end of May gifted the Red Devils Champions League football for next season.

Many young players took part too, with the likes of Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock involved.

The Community Shield game against Chelsea on Sunday is an early chance to see what Arsenal look like liberated from the yoke of Europe's leading club competition, which is as Wenger would prefer to see it, although it does not tell the full story.

Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, likewise, is short of fitness, after also playing at the tournament, while defender Gabriel and midfield pair Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere are definitely out.

Conte had targeted former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku as the ideal replacement for Costa with his proven record as a powerful Premier League goalscorer during his years at Everton. A 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield followed - Wenger's first win over Mourinho in 14 attempts - and Chelsea never truly recovered. Anyway, hope you guys enjoy the game and COYG.

Vanessa Coleman

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