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By Kal Sajad

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

It's Friday and it's 17:00 BST, meaning it's the end of the working week and it's the start of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Now that I have put a smile on your face, I will bid you farewell. Thank you for joining us today! We will have live build-up, text and BBC Radio 5 live commentary as Arsenal host Leicester City this evening.


Arsene's thoughts ....

Arsenal v Leicester (19:45 BST)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "The target is very difficult to set. You can interview seven or eight Premier League managers who will tell you they want to win the league and they are very ambitious, and rightly so.

"Let's just focus on us, on our quality and go into the games with the desire to win every game.

"How strong the other teams are is very difficult to predict as well because some have been very active in the transfer market. How will that transform in quality? It's very difficult to predict."

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MOTD commentator's notes

Arsenal v Leicester (19:45 BST)

Martin Fisher

Match of the Day commentator

Dropping out of the top four for the first time since 1996 has cost Arsenal their customary spot in the Champions League, but might that prove a blessing in disguise? Could it pave the way for a genuine crack at the Premier League title again?

The signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac show more ambition than previous summers and, if Arsene Wenger can persuade Alexis Sanchez to stick around, it might just happen.

Maybe Leicester City's Champions League debut was a factor in the poor defence of their Premier League crown as they flirted with relegation under Claudio Ranieri.

Craig Shakespeare was their saviour and a top-10 finish will be his aim this term.

He faces a battle to keep talisman Riyad Mahrez but the arrival of Kelechi Iheanacho could prove a masterstroke.

Leicester team news

Arsenal v Leicester (19:45 BST)

Leicester midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Vicente Iborra are unavailable because of muscle problems.

Defender Robert Huth is recovering from ankle surgery and is set to be replaced by summer signing Harry Maguire.

Kelechi Iheanacho could also make his debut, although the former Manchester City striker may struggle to last 90 minutes, while winger Riyad Mahrez should be involved despite being a transfer target for Roma.

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Arsenal team news

Arsenal v Leicester (19:45 BST)

No long left now as the Premier League kicks off this evening, with Arsenal hosting Leicester City.

For the Gunners, AlexandreLacazette and SeadKolasinac may make their league debuts, but AlexisSanchez is ruled out with an abdominal strain.

LaurentKoscielny is banned, while Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are fitness doubts.

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Does Pep know where Brighton is?

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Only Vincent Kompany remains from the City squad that last played Brighton, in a League Cup tie at the Withdean Stadium in 2008. It is April 1989 since City and Brighton met in the league.

At that time in his career, Pep Guardiola was 17 and was playing for Barcelona C, a side that no longer exists.

It is fair to assume Guardiola has never played against Brighton - I wonder if he even knows where it is.

'Pep to go if Man City don't win title'

Who will win the Premier League?

Steve Wilson

Match of the Day commentator

This is a group of Manchester City players and coaches are designed not only to win the domestic title but to break into Europe's elite too.

City should win the title, if they don't I expect Pep Guardiola's reign to end.


City will be hard to stop

Who will win the Premier League?

John Hartson

Ex-Celtic and Wales striker

The reason I am backing Manchester City is that I think Gabriel Jesus will form a great strike partnership with Sergio Aguero - I think we might see City play with two up front a lot more, and they are going to be very hard to stop.

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West Ham in for Carvalho?

West Ham have bid a club record 30 million euros (£27.1m) for Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 25 - that's according to today's Daily Telegraph.

Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho
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'Lukaku will propel Man Utd to title'

Who will win the Premier League?

Phil Neville

Former Manchester United

The signing of Romelu Lukaku is a big part of the reason why I have gone for Manchester United to win the title - basically because, for them to win the league, they will have to score a lot more goals.

If you destroy someone 4-0 then that sends out a message and brings in a fear factor you don't get by beating teams 1-0. That is what I want to see more of from United, and Lukaku can help them do it.


Chicharito not intending to celebrate Old Trafford goal

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Javier Hernandez will return to Manchester United as an opposition player on Sunday.

The Mexico forward spent four years at United after joining in 2010 from Guadalajara, scoring 59 goals in 156 appearances.

He joined Real Madrid on loan in 2014 and left permanently for Bayer Leverkusen a year later after then United boss Louis van Gaal opted to release him.

Hernandez joined West Ham this summer and the fixture list has left him with a bit of a dilemma if he scores.

He said: "Imagine the emotions I have in that moment if I have the luck to score there. It is my old club, with my old fans in my old stadium so probably I cannot celebrate. But as well it will be my first goal coming back to the Premier League with a club that has shown a lot of confidence in me.

"I do know I would love to score a goal and help my team to get a result."

Pedro to miss Burnley opener


Antonio Conte says Spanish midfielder Pedro will be missing with an ankle injury when Chelsea start the defence of their Premier League crown at home to Burnley on Saturday.

"Burnley is a really good team," added Conte. "Last season they had a good season and for us we have to pay great attention tomorrow.

"We must be ready to try and do our best tomorrow."


Chelsea 'miles away'

Who will win the Premier League?

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger

Chelsea need to buy a centre-back and a central midfielder, and sort out the Diego Costa situation up front.

If they get rid of him and get someone to replace him, and that someone was Alexis Sanchez, then I would be tempted to say Chelsea would win the league.

But as things stand, they are miles away from being able to cope with the Premier League and the Champions League this season.


Bradley was my best friend - Defoe

Bournemouth and former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe talks to Football Focus about his friendship with Bradley Lowery, the Black Cats fan who died of cancer aged six in July.

Jermaine Defoe - Bradley was my mat

Premier League new starters quiz

As we gear up for the start of the 2017/18 Premier League season, teams up and down the country are topping up their squads with talent, from big name signings to unknown entities.

But how much do you know about some of the players who are new (and returning) to the Premier League this season?

Ahead of the first episode of this season’s Match of the Day Kickabout show, have a go at the Premier League new starters quiz.

Premier League new starters quiz

'I'm a Potter for life'

Stoke City's Marc Muniesa has joined Spanish side Girona on a season-long loan.

The 25-year-old defender has made more than 60 league and cup appearances for the club over the past four years.

He tweeted this farewell message to the fans ...

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Your footballing memories from 2012-2017

Jayson: Taking my son to his first league game at Old Trafford ... Manchester United 8 Arsenal 2. Awesome.

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Llorente 'will stay'

Swansea City

Swansea City head coach Paul Clement believes striker Fernando Llorente will stay at the club.

Chelsea have a long-standing interest in the 32-year-old, who scored 15 goals to help Swansea avoid Premier League relegation last season.

Llorente, who joined the Swans from Sevilla in 2016, is currently sidelined with a fractured arm.

"He has got a year to go on his deal and we'd like him to stay for this year and longer," said Clement.

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Michael Silva: Manchester United drawing with West Brom 5-5, the highest draw in PL history and a dramatic way for Sir Alex Ferguson to retire.

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Premier League at 25: Funny moments

"Where are you?"

"Let's be having you"

"Come on"

Delia Smith's inspirational speech may just be my funniest moment from the last 25 years of the Premier League. But then, there's Phil Brown's half-time team talk and that Pires and Henry penalty.

Premier League at 25: Funny moments from 25 years of the Premier League

Vote for your top Premier League goal

Over the past two weeks you have been voting for your favourite goals from 25 years of the Premier League. We're down to the final five. You can vote for your favourite here.

Benitez committed to Newcastle

Newcastle United

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has said that he is committed to the the club, after yesterday telling Football Focus that missing out on some of his summer transfer targets has been "frustrating."

"I said how I have felt during the summer, but at the same time, my commitment is 100% with this club," he said at today's news conference.

"My ambition is to do well every single game. I'm not saying I'm pleased with everything, because that's not true. But I am not saying I will not do my best in every game.

"I think we can bring some players in and we may have to move some out."

Here is Benitez voicing his frustrations to Alan Shearer on Football Focus.

Summer transfer activity frustrating - Benitez
Last time @ManCity played Brighton away in a league game, Pep Guardiola was a teenager playing for Barcelona C.

Last time @ManCity played Brighton away in a league game, Pep Guardiola was a teenager playing for Barcelona C.

Pep plays down favourites tag

Manchester City

Guardiola has also played down talk of Manchester City being favourites to win the Premier League this season

"Last season we were favourites too and we finished 15 points behind," he said.

"I was confident then too."

Guardiola confirmed that new signing Benjamin Mendy and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will miss tomorrow's away trip to Brighton (17:30 BST)

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City
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'We won't spend like this next season'

Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club will "buy one, two, maybe three players" over the next few years.

City have spent more than £200m on players this summer, but Guardiola says the current squad are "young and will stay for the future."

"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we decided to put energy in the team for the next five, six years," he said.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season."

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'Man Utd can win the league'

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he will not moan and cry if they don't make a fourth signing before the transfer window closes.

The former Chelsea boss says he is happy the club have managed to do 75% of their transfer business before the season starts, and also believes the Reds can win the Premier League title this season, despite finishing sixth last season.

Mourinho also admitted striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic "thinks he can do more" and "last season was not enough for him" but says it is not the time to talk about re-signing the striker, who still needs more time to recover.


Man Utd in talks to re-sign Ibrahimovic

Manchester United

Manchester United are in talks to bring striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the club, manager Jose Mourinho says.

Philippe Coutinho has asked via email to leave Liverpool. #LFC stance remains the same - resolute he's not for sale.

BreakingCoutinho submits transfer request

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has submitted a transfer request, hours after the Premier League club released a statement saying he is not for sale.

Coutinho 'asks to leave Liverpool'


Reports from journalists who cover Liverpool that Philippe Coutinho has asked to leave the Reds.

Philippe Coutinho has asked to leave Liverpool.

Bruno's back

Stoke City have completed the signing of Bruno Martins Indi on a permanent deal from Porto for a fee of £7m.

The Dutch international spent last season on loan with the Potters. He has signed a five-year contract.

The club announced the signing via this very strange video on Twitter (App users may need to click on the link to view this clip)

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'I'm not looking for sympathy'


Antonio Conte on comments from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger that the Chelsea boss should deal with his small squad by recalling loan players: "My message is I am not looking for sympathy from other coaches. I think the situation is clear."


De Boer talks up Fosu-Mensah

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer has been speaking about new signing Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who has joined on a season-long loan from Manchester United.

"There's a possibility for Timothy to get a lot of minutes here. The system should suit him," said the Dutchman.

Palace start the season at home to newly-promoted Huddersfield Town on Saturday (15:00 BST).


'Six top teams'


Chelsea boss Antonio Conte on what would be a good season for the champions: "I think the most important thing for us is to try and do our best and to put 120% in our work every day. These are the most important things for us.

"At the start of this season it's simple to tell that in this league there are six top teams who should be fighting for the title. But you know very well that there are surprises."

No news on Costa


Question: What's the latest on Diego Costa?

Antonio Conte: No news, no news.


The club is trying


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is speaking to the media right now.

The first question is about transfers.

"I'm very happy because these players are working very well and so hard," says the Italian.

"We are trying to improve. It's simple. I am the coach of this team and my aim is to improve my players and my team. What happens in the transfer market, the club is trying to do their best. My only task is to be focused on the pitch. This must be my focus."


'It's time to move on' - Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says that "it is time to move on" after Danny Rose apologised for comments made about the club.

The 27-year-old left-back told the Sun on Thursday that Spurs needed to sign "two or three players" this summer and "not ones you had to Google".

Pochettino said: "Of course he has a future and I want to keep him here. Nothing has changed on my perception of him.

"He apologised to everyone and now it's time to move on. It's in the past."

Pochettino said the decision on whether to discipline Rose is a "private matter".

Danny Rose
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What's new?

Tonight is the first time that the new Premier League campaign will start on a Friday.

But what else is new?

New signings, new kits, new rules - here is a comprehensive look at the upcoming season.

The Premier League
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Shearer tips Manchester United

Get it in your planner, Match of the Day returns on Saturday at 22:30 BST on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

Alan Shearer will join Gary Lineker and Ian Wright for highlights of eight Premier League games.

In the meantime, Shearer has tipped Manchester United to win the Premier League title.

Jose Mourinho
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Trippier suffers minor ligament damage

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham say scans have confirmed that right-back Kieran Trippier has suffered minor ligament damage, and a short recovery time is expected.

Trippier injured his ankle as Spurs beat Juventus in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Danny Rose (knee), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (foot) and Erik Lamela (hip) will also miss out on Sunday's away tie to Newcastle (13:30 BST).

Kieran Trippier
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