Shakespeare hoping Leicester can finally tame Arsenal

Shakespeare hoping Leicester can finally tame Arsenal

And, ahead of Arsenal's Premier League opener against Leicester City tonight, Wenger hopes the forward can show the club, fans and critics he is capable of playing on one of the biggest stages in club football.

The Algeria global has stated his wish to leave the 2015/16 Premier League champions, but Wenger insists Arsenal do not need the winger and were never looking to land his signature.

He has said he intends "to focus completely on the Premier League", but if such an approach fails to yield a title challenge, he can expect the protests to ramp up quickly.

He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy he wants to stay. This is something that the Premier League likely will shift to as well in the future, should fixtures in other competitions allow it. Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel 7, Danny Simpson 6, Wes Morgan 6, Harry Maguire 7, Christian Fuchs 6, Riyad Mahrez 6, Wilfred Ndidi 7, Matty James 6, Marc Albrighton 8, Shinji Okazaki 7, Jamie Vardy 9.

In America, the National Football League begins its season with the defending champion playing their first game on the Thursday prior to a full slate of games on Sunday.

Arsenal have won each of their last 10 Premier League home encounters with Leicester City - their joint longest winnings streak at home against a single opponent.

But Arsene Wenger's double change turned the game, FA Cup final hero Ramsey drilling in an 83rd-minute equaliser and Giroud notching the victor two minutes later with a header that hit the bar and bounced over the line.

The 26-year-old might not be as deadly as the Chilean. We've had pre-season and I'm not a massive fan of it.

With the Gunners missing a lot of key players ahead of the match, Craig Shakespeare might just be fancying his team's chances of springing a surprise.

The Gunners have strengthened their squad over the summer following the signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolašinac. They are a team that starts out aggravating the fan base by not addressing all their needs in the transfer market, only for that to be forgotten due to a very hot start before going through a slump around when daylight savings time ends.

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