Wenger IN! Landing shots before Arsenal v Chelsea clash

In the traditional curtain raiser of the English season.

With Arsenal set to open their Premier League campaign on Friday night against Leicester, there is little point in risking either player, and the Gunners may have to make do without them.

Arsene Wenger: "For us, it is just a good opportunity to repeat the performance from the FA Cup final". Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is desperate to increase the size of his "small squad" as the Blues prepare to defend its Premier League title.

There have been reports of unrest between Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy over transfer policy, which were further fueled in July when the former Italy manager received a salary increase but did not extend his contract, which expires in 2019. As they look for revenge at missing out on the double in 2016/2017.

Chelsea will be eager to avenge their FA Cup defeat to Arsenal but still may lack the match-sharpness after a much shorter pre-season than their opponents.

However, whether or not Arsenal will be in the title reckoning come next May could depend on what happens in the next few weeks.

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Even their usual dominance in north London has been turned on its head, with rivals Tottenham finishing above them last season for the first time in 22 years.

Rest and recuperation for first team regulars will be important too, especially given Arsenal's frequent injury issues, particularly hamstring strains. Arsenal nearly won it in that first season, after entering through the Champions League, only to lose the final to Galatasaray on penalties. And it will be a bonus for whoever emerges victorious.

Arsenal were 2-1 victors back in May, winning a record 13th FA Cup trophy.

Eden Hazard is still recovering from a broken ankle sustained on global duty for Belgium and will not make the cut, while Pedro suffered multiple facial injuries during July's friendly against Arsenal.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi has insisted that Paris Saint-Germain's relations with Arsenal are positive despite remaining tight-lipped about their interest in Alexis Sanchez. Also, Diego Costa is no longer wanted by Conte.


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