Shakespeare confident key Leicester players will stay

Pep Guardiola is more than happy with how City are shaping up ahead of the trip

Pep Guardiola is more than happy with how City are shaping up ahead of the trip

Vardy got a 2nd and Leicester's 3rd to move into the lead for the second time but substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud paid the faith handed in them by their manager scoring in the 83rd and 85th minute respectively to hand Arsenal their first PL win of the new season.

Wenger said he gave Giroud the option to leave for another club this summer in search of more regular playing time but was thrilled when the striker chose to stay.

"No", he replied when asked if any players were poised to leave. We definitely expect them to be better than last season and mount a serious challenge for the title.

Both teams will look to forget their dismal performances last season as Arsenal dropped out of the Top 4 after 20 successful seasons of staying at the top and Leicester remained at 12th place, out of the top 10.

But after winning a record seventh FA Cup with victory over Chelsea, he penned a new two-year contract and his side's Houdini act against Leicester means that late-season momentum remains intact, albeit only just. It was one of the great days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is.

"I am happy with the effort the club did", the 54-year-old Portuguese said.

Giroud's compatriot Alexandre Lacazette marked his league debut with a goal in just 94 seconds, only for Shinji Okazaki to level for the Foxes less than three minutes later.

"It's a long time since we so much quality", Wenger said. The top seven, we are all in Europe.

"I feel as well that the goals we conceded we can work to get rid of that because one was a corner, one was a ball we lost in the build-up and the third goal was on a corner again so we conceded two goals from corners".

"The first goal is on a short corner, we were not focused enough".

Leicester City's triumph two years ago has shown us that any team with the right personnel, management and good luck against injuries, can challenge for and win the title; however, for this season I believe that the victor will come from a group of seven teams which I will tag as the contenders. We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season.

Matic impressed during his first 45-minute run-out in United's last friendly encounter against Sampdoria in Dublin, and he made his competitive bow against Real in Skopje, after which he gave his thoughts on the upcoming season. "We're disappointed to score three and come away with a defeat". "We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard".

Many think the signing of Bernardo Silva is bad news for David Silva - but I think we will see him deployed in a deeper role, perhaps like a Xavi or Iniesta.

"We know defensively we can do better but overall we produced a top-quality game".

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent.

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