Southampton miss out on Danny Welbeck signing due to wage demands

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However, Emery is a coach famed for his tactical nous and attention to detail, with Carragher reckoning that it will be a very different Arsenal we see in the Premier League this season - even comparing the Gunners boss to master tactician, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez. Something in my guts tells me that Arsenal will just nick this one.

A fourth successive top-four finish would represent a good outcome for Spurs, but they will be under pressure from Chelsea and Arsenal who finished fifth and sixth previous year, while big-spending West Ham could push for a top-six finish.

Goalie Bernd Leno has joined the club from Bayer Leverkusen.

Representatives of Ladbrokes Alex Apati said: "Welbeck could well have played his last game for Arsenal and the latest betting suggests it's Southampton who'll seal a deal for the England forward".

Juergen Klopp's side, bolstered by the likes of Brazil keeper Alisson from AS Roma, compatriot Fabinho and fellow midfielder Guinean Naby Keita, are the most likely to close the gap on City who won the title by 19 points last season. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?

Arsenal will be hoping to start the season on a positive note at home against champions Manchester City. He joins an already prolific attacking collective of the Citizens, who were led by Sergio Aguero's 30 goals in all competitions past year.

New manager Unai Emery admitted his intention to keep the 27 year-old when joining the club last month, although he didn't appear confident that would be the case, and he will certainly be happy to know he will have the best player of last season with the squad until the winter at least.

In recent seasons, Arsenal have not won the opening game of the season, with the exception of last season where they had to come from behind twice to defeat Leicester City 4-3 at the Emirates.

Burgess also gave an insight to how Emery operates as a manager.



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