Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Chelsea Must Do This To Hope To Defend Title - Alan Shearer

Chelsea Must Do This To Hope To Defend Title - Alan Shearer

The title will be decided between Manchester United and Manchester City. "If Nathaniel Chalobah or Ruben Loftus-Cheek were still there they could get rid of Matic and play a younger kid".

"But they'll be saying '£45m for a 29-year-old and we've got a replacement who is 22'". When you also have the players he has, that makes it a massive challenge for us.

With Oxlade-Chamberlain allowed to discuss terms with any club interested in him, in January, ahead of a move next summer, Arsenal may be forced into selling the England global this summer in order to avoid losing him for nothing.

Arsenal start their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester on Friday night as they look to end a run of just one win from their previous seven opening fixtures.

Pressed on if it would be hard for Chelsea to retain their title if more new players failed to arrive, Conte agreed it would be tough.

Burnley could not have wished for a tougher return to Premier League action as they make the trip to London to face defending champions Chelsea.

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Secondly, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has declared that they are interested in signing French full back Serge Aurier from Paris St Germain, with Manchester United the apparent favourites for his signature. If you see Conte, you understand he is not happy. We'll see how that plays out, but we just have to keep everybody fit and keep everybody sharp.

Gray's departure means that Burnley have lost arguably their two best players this summer, following Michael Keane's transfer to Everton earlier in the window.

But after a close-season in which both managers have invested heavily in new players, United are now Mourinho's team and City have been created by Guardiola.

'I find it fascinating they will let Diego Costa go - he must've been such a nuisance, ' he told Sky Sports.

With deals for Virgil Van Dijk and Serge Aurier said to be in the works, Conte is obviously focusing on strengthening his defense which will be a concern after shaky defensive displays in preseason against Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and then Arsenal in the FA Community Shield defeat last week.

Because the Dream Team game - the UK's biggest fantasy football game - is back and better than ever this season. Although the Lemar saga is very far from over and will probably witness some other shakeups the youngster will most defiantly strenghen the Gunners squad to the most and probably be the main keyto the Premier League trophy.

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