Hello and welcome to coverage from across the grounds in the Premier League leading with Arsenal’s clash with Leicester City at the Emirates.
Arsenal made an impressive start to the season last week, beating Crystal Palace. One of the stars for Arsenal was William Saliba, who is the latest youngster to come into the team and Mikel Arteta has accepted that young players such as Saliba will make mistakes this season, and insisted that he is ready to “pay the bill” for those errors as they continue to develop as a team.
Arsenal were once again the youngest team in the Premier League in the opening round of fixtures, having also been the youngest side in the division throughout last season.
“With the young and development portfolio of players that we have in our squad, you have to pay a bill,” said Arteta about the risk of Saliba, only 21, inevitably making errors this season.
“And that bill is that, at some stage, they are going to make mistakes, they are going to experience things for the first time and they have to go through that process.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he is happy with his squad despite just 21 senior players and only 14 outfield players available for today’s visit of Bournemouth, with Aymeric Laporte and Kalvin Phillips out injured and Cole Palmer a doubt.
“I’m very very pleased with the team – it is not big in terms of numbers but there is incredible versatility and they all have huge quality – even the young academy lads,” he said.
“The quality is there, they just have to push each other to the next step this season. If nobody moves, I think nobody’s coming in.”
The only possible major departure could be Bernardo Silva, still a target for Barcelona, although Guardiola is desperate for him to stay.
“I want Bernardo here, 100, 110 per cent I want him to stay,” said Guardiola.
“I love him. I go weak when I talk about him! He is a special person with how. I don’t know what is going to happen but he knows how much we like him and want him and love him.”