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Kristopher Love | 10 August, 2018, 07:21

The priority for manager Unai Emery, a title victor with Paris Saint-Germain last season, was strengthening Arsenal's defense and he went for experience with Stephan Lichsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. That is a worry because this match is against the almighty Manchester City. Usually, Chelsea have a successful first year under a new sporting leadership.

It's obvious that their defence held them back from greater success last season, and it's been a problem which has been ongoing for some time.

Although Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke's imminent total takeover of the club has been received with horror by the fans, they have still had plenty to cheer about after the arrival of new manager Unai Emery, some exciting new signings and some pretty decent games during the preseason. Liverpool, just like Tottenham, must win something someday. Winger Riyad Mahrez, the league's 2016 player of the year, joined from Leicester for a club record 60 million pounds. "Regardless, I must admit: They remind me a bit of the "old" Arsenal I played in". There were a lot of positives in the pre-season games the Gunners played, especially the seamless induction of young players like Matteo Guendouzi and Emile Rowe Smith into the first team. But Spurs and [Harry] Kane must make use of the current momentum they have before it collapses one day.

Instead, they will have to rely on Shane Long, Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini to lead their line into the new season.

"Alisson is certainly a good man, but not a world-class keeper you'd expect for this price. He has not given any proof of it", Lehmann said.

The 27-year-old English global has less than a year remaining on his contract and so a lucrative deal as a free agent is only one season of bench-warming away, if he was to be that way inclined.

"I am always interested to see whether those players can actually become world class".