Man Utd legend Neville blasts Kolasinac in winning Arsenal debut

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The first match of the season is a critical one for every club, as starting with positive momentum and confidence is of the utmost importance.

Having ended months of speculation by signing a new two-year contract, he is looking forwards and says that if the team put on a united front, the fans will fall into line behind them.

The arrival of £25 million striker Kelechi Iheanacho has provided another dimension to Leicester's attacking threats, although the Nigerian global is expected to be eased into action by Shakespeare, especially as his ankle knock on his pre-season debut cut short his much-needed game time.

Leicester City will be Arsenal tonight in the opening game of the new season. Rob Holding, given the nod instead of the Frenchman in the Community Shield against Chelsea, is given another start with Sead Kolasinac also slotting in next to Nacho Monreal as part of a back three.

Iheanacho, a £25million signing from Manchester City, came off the substitutes' bench and within minutes teed up Vardy for the victor in City's final friendly of pre-season against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Giroud came off the bench with Arsenal trailing 3-2 in yesterday's Premier League curtain-raiser at the Emirates Stadium and after fellow substitute Aaron Ramsey equalised, he headed in an 85th-minute victor. After getting Kanté last summer, Chelsea have now been increasingly linked with the other half of that duo, especially after sanctioning Nemanja Matic's departure to Manchester United last weekend.

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"And it's not finished - Chelsea have bought [Alvaro] Morata and have not lost [Diego] Costa yet, and they will certainly buy more".

Shkodran Mustafi is lacking match practice after returning late to pre-season training due to his participation in the Confederations Cup while Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla are longer-term absentees. Alexis Sanchez may be leaving.

Sanchez in particular has been the subject of intense speculation about his future amid reported interest from the big-spending duo of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Albrighton, James, Ndidi, Gray; Vardy, Okazaki. "We have seen what he has already achieved at Manchester City", Fuchs remarked.

"Our players got a decent number of minutes of competition, the preparation of the squad looks good, then it's to transform the quality of the preparation into points". It doesn't get any better ...