Any out of practice fans, looking for a quiet Friday night to ease themselves into the new season, were very much out of luck today, as Leicester City and Arsenal kicked the Premier league off with a frantic display, ending in a 4-3 win for the Gunners.
Wenger was also pleased with new French signing Alexandre Lacazette, who scored after 94 seconds to equal the record for the fastest opening goal of a Premier League season.
The Serie A side have now said they will not return with an improvement on the offer that was rejected and, while he remains a Leicester player, Shakespeare is more than happy to utilise the 2016 PFA Player of the Year. "They all deserve to play".
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Normally the second season should be better than the first because you know the club, you know the players. "Now we have to put ourselves in a position in the Premier League that allows us to fight for the title".
All eyes will now be on Mahrez, who could be playing his final games with Leicester, as for much of the summer Roma have been keen to acquire his services as the Giallorossi view him as Mohamed Salah's natural successor after the Egyptian global left the Italian capital for Liverpool.
"Even if Sanchez went, I still think they'll have a little bit of quality".
"He's an Arsenal player in the short term". One of the most expensive players in their history, Alvaro Morata, is still searching his form, but we do not doubt that Antonio Conte is going to solve that problem. "We've got a challenging start but if we get this type of performance then we'll get points on the board".
Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season to finish outside the Champions League qualifying spots. His movement into deeper positions was excellent, constantly pulling Harry Maguire into uncomfortable positions - the Leicester debutant was fortunate not to be cautioned for a clumsy foul when the Arsenal forward turned quickly in the midfield zone.
Wenger said he had given the former Montpellier man the chance to leave but is delighted he opted to stay put. A cross from Elneny found the head of Lacazette, who opened his body, drawing Wes Morgan to power a header into the far post of Schmeichel.