Saturday Premier League Tipsheet: No goalfest at the Bridge

Paul Merson Arsenal Leicester

"I think sooner or later it will finish, it's unsustainable", he said of teams paying big fees.

"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now would be more expensive after what happened in the last weeks".

Arsenal have often finished Premier League seasons strongly and will have high hopes of doing so again with all but one of their matches against other top six sides coming before March.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the lone player to reach double figures in the league with 17, while Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney were the next best with a mere six.

"My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones", Guardiola added. We say probably because when United manager Jose Mourinho gives his news conference tomorrow, the status updates might have changed for at least one of them.

As the Premier League gears up for a return to action this weekend, Press Association Sport takes a statistical look at some of the key match-ups in the opening round of fixtures.

Key Player: Alexandre Lacazette - There is pressure on Arsenal's marquee signing to score the goals to push them towards the title. The group of players are going to stay here for a long time.


'I just think naturally a manager in the second season knows the players better, knows the club better.

The 35-year-old free agent, who scored 28 goals for the club last season, is battling back to fitness after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in April, though, and Mourinho insisted there is no rush to get a deal done. "I have better conditions to deliver a better season than my first one".

It may be recalled here that United have already bolstered their squad with the addition of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof.

But Wenger said there was now no chance of Giroud leaving before the transfer deadline closes later this month after the player had resolved to fight for his place in the first team at the Emirates Stadium.

That led to the hiring of Antonio Conte, who guided them back to the top of the mountain last season and expects a battle this time around.

"I've been impressed with Harry Maguire since he came in". This time we are all in the same basket, it is going to be the same for everybody.

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