Why Europa winners should not qualify for Champions League - Wenger

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The Gunners will compete in the Europa League in the 2017/18 season after their fifth-place finish in the Premier League last campaign.

"In England it's very hard to repeat and to win", Conte said. And as poorly as last season went (besides an FA Cup), I can not wait to begin again with Arsenal.

City haven't given up though, but the increasing number of links to Monaco sensation Mbappé may be a sign that they are working more actively towards signing him, while playing the waiting game for Alexis.

Koscielny is suspended for the first two games of the season and Sanchez should be available.

"When you arrive in England you must be ready to fight with big teams, against big players, against big coaches".

I realise the Shield does not count, that the club who wins often fails to win the league. "I'm sure about this".

The London rivals met three times last season, culminating with Arsenal's win at Wembley in May.

Wenger explained: "I left them all out because some are short of preparation, like Alexis. He had a lot of time to build his team, his squad". "Last year, Chelsea did not play in the European Cup and, certainly, they were a bit more consistent in the Premier League", Wenger said.

"The only thing I can tell you is he is focused", added Wenger.

Sanchez missed Arsenal's pre-season tour of Australia and China, as well as last weekend's Emirates Cup tournament, as he rested following global duty at the Confederations Cup.

That fact, allied to the new offer from Arsenal, suggests that Sanchez will remain at the Emirates this season. Again, he failed to live up to expectations as a return of four league goals and five assists in an injury-disrupted season led to further criticism that perhaps the German was a luxury player who just wasn't offering enough luxury.

"And in the FA Cup final we have shown that the gap was not as high maybe". With a capacity of 41,663, it will be the eighth largest venue to host top-flight football next season and is commonly known to have one of the tightest pitches in the Premier League.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits he would be powerless to stop Eden Hazard joining Barcelona this summer if the board override his decision.