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The Premier League returns with Arsenal vs. Leicester City

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Arsenal are looking to start their season off with a win as they seek to establish themselves as title contenders against former champions Leicester City in the opening game of the season. Despite speculation on his future at the end of last season, Arsene Wenger is set to take charge of his 22nd Gunners campaign.

Arsenal come into the new season facing a challenge without Champions League football (the first time under Wenger's tenure), however new signings have boosted fans hopes of a potential title challenge. The signing of Alexandre Lacazette is a huge statement by Arsenal, breaking their club record transfer fee in the process. Lacazette has averaged 25 goals a season in his last three years at Lyon.

Another new signing at The Emirates is Sead Kolasinac. The left back joins on a free transfer from Schalke and could prove to be a coup for Arsene Wenger as the man who was in the Bundesliga team of the season looks to make a name for himself in the Premier League.

Arsenal enjoyed a successful pre-season where they picked up four victories from their six scheduled pre-season games, including a penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich and a 5-2 win over Portuguese Champions Benfica. 

Last week Arsenal claimed the first domestic trophy of the season by beating Chelsea 4-3 on penalties to win the Community Shield with new signing Kolasinac scoring on his debut.

Leicester City will begin the season under the leadership of Craig Shakespeare as he hopes to build on last season's performance. The former Premier League Champions finished 12th last season with troubles on and off the pitch plaguing their form.

The Foxes have added to their squad ahead of the new season including signing Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City for £25m, Vicente Iborra from Sevilla and Harry Maguire from Hull City. There is still speculation over Riyad Mahrez who is constantly linked with a move away from the club as Roma are keen on bringing the Algerian to Italy. 

Leicester had quite a contrasting pre-season to Arsenal as they only won two of their seven pre-season games including taking part in the Premier League Asia Trophy. Leicester rounded off their pre-season with a 2-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach.

In the previous five games between the two teams, Arsenal are unbeaten having won four and drew one. Leicester's last victory against Arsenal took place in the FA Cup fourth round in the year 2000.

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