Arsenal's Ozil says he's fit ahead of opener

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 14, 2017

"For a defender especially it's worth watching strikers movements, not too much, not overkill but I think you can get an idea of what type of player they are like".

"I will always play a team that has a good chance to win the next game", Wenger added.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday he has had no contact with Paris Saint-Germain regarding Alexis Sanchez, who will miss the start of the season through injury.

"He couldn't practice and he couldn't play", Wenger told a news conference.

On besting Chelsea at the national stadium, as Arsenal did in the FA Cup final two-and-a-half months ago, Wenger added: "It's an encouragement, it's no more than that".

"But I think my choice (for the title) is Man City".

The match program for Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley showed Chelsea listing 17 fewer players than opponents Arsenal.

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The 26-year-old set Arsenal back an initial fee of £46.5 million ($60.3 million, 51.5 million euros) and is expected to lead the line, flanked by Sanchez and Ozil. Gabriel and Santi Cazorla are definitely out.

"We've had some bad starts over the last four years in the first games in the Premier League but we have the intensity in our preparations that we need to be ready".

However, numerous supporters carried a particular favourite to be the first goal scorer and have predicted that record signing Lacazette will be the first player to find the back of the net on Sunday.

Arsenal's club-record signing scored 28 goals in Ligue One, second only to PSG's Edinson Cavani, last season, and Owen believes he will carry that form into the top tier of English football. Danny Drinkwater (thigh) and Robert Huth (ankle) are also out.

"You've got the season ahead to look forward to and everyone's raring to go", said captain Wes Morgan.

"There will be some disappointments through the season, so it is important we focus on keeping together through every single game".

The England worldwide has struggled to secure a regular first-team place since joining the Gunners six years ago, but Wenger believes the former Southampton winger is finally starting to fulfil his potential.

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