Wenger explains why Arsenal never wanted to sign Mahrez


Arsenal and Leicester got the Premier League season off to a flyer with a seven-goal thriller at the Emirates.

A fifth-place finish last season means Arsenal will start next season in the Europa League.

"I'm convinced in 10 or 15 years it will not necessarily be a football specialist who is a manager of a club", he said. He scored 129 times in 275 games for Lyon so has a big reputation. The best managers in the world are in the Premier League now.

"That's the target. He has to show he can do that".

Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United chiefs to offer Gareth Bale a huge contract worth £500,000 a week in order to try and tempt him into a £100m transfer to Old Trafford this summer.

The left-back, who signed from Schalke on a free transfer, has already made an impact, scoring Arsenal's equaliser as they went on to beat Chelsea on penalties in the Community Shield last Sunday. "He is on the way up and he will continue to move up because that potential is there", Wenger said.

"Kolasinac is a versatile player", Wenger added.

"I believe he has the power, the attitude and the desire to integrate very quickly into the Premier League".

Flooding possible Saturday into Sunday
The coverage of storms will increase again by Monday afternoon, and this looks to be the trend through most of the week. The heavier and more extensive rain areas will move east tomorrow night with some rain lingering overnight.

In an interview withSFR Sport Wenger said that while his "firm intention" is that Sanchez remains, he was "not super optimistic" that he will sign a new contract.

"We are still open". He is still on the look-out for one more attacking player, although any hopes of recruiting either Gareth Bale or Ivan Perisic are fading.

"He has a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training, before he came to Wembley".

"He had a scan two days ago and he's out for a while - I don't know; two weeks or one more week?"

He said: "I feel the way people analyse [Pogba] is really unfair. I think we have those assurances so I haven't got to worry about that".

"It's down to us to put a positive atmosphere around the team". The players are champing at the bit to get started.

"You can not go into the season and think that [you will get into the Champions League by winning the Europa League]".