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Arsene Wenger exclusive: Alexandre Lacazette challenged to continue scoring record at Arsenal

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger sets team target of 85 points to push for title Arsene Wenger impressed by Arsenal's new boys
Lucia Summers | 14 August, 2017, 01:51

Chelsea won the title with relative comfort last season in a dream first campaign at the helm for manager Antonio Conte.

In the past two seasons, Chelsea and Leicester City have both sacked their managers less than a year after winning the title. And what will defender Antonio Rudiger and new midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko bring to their squad?

Can Wenger salve old wounds?

Earlier in the summer, when one of the most prevalent rumours out there was Hector Bellerin's probable return to his boyhood club, Barcelona, Arsenal fans were anxious that they had seen this story play out in the past, to devastating outcome for the Gunners' aspirations (looking at you Cesc).

Arsenal will go into season with a spring in their step after their Community Shield triumph and let's be honest, they have harder starts than being at home to Leicester.

Has Guardiola learnt English lessons?

"It took a bit of an adjustment for Pep Guardiola, but City are my favourites".

United will hope new £75million signing Romelu Lukaku can help to improve that record.

Can Spurs make final step?

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Despite all the attention to the incident, the hospital was still ordering liquid oxygen cylinders as of Sunday morning. Under attack from opposition over the incident, Siddhartha Nath Singh has appealed not to "make this political".

Sergio Aguero has five goals in six previous opening day matches for Manchester City.

Will Liverpool click for Klopp?

All three have the pace to change defence into attack quickly, something City lacked in the full-back positions last season.

Manchester City have lavished untold riches on full-backs in the transfer window, but arguably their most important player this season will be captain Kompany.

He chose to stay put and showed that he has the class to once again enjoy a fruitful season in the Premier League with a potential World Cup place up for grabs.

The 18 conceded at Anfield may not sound terrible, but it was a higher figure than all the other teams in the top six, as well as city rivals Everton.

Will Lacazette enjoy an emphatic Arsenal debut on Friday?

Jamie Vardy is still around though and his pace is bound to cause Arsenal problems but in Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal have a red hot striker of their own and the Frenchman can fire Wenger's men to victory here.

Bournemouth conceded 67 goals last season, but the arrivals of Ake and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Stamford Bridge should improve their solidity as Howe looks to build on last season's impressive ninth-place finish.

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