Arsene Wenger has confirmed that £62 million worth of new summer signings will start for Arsenal in the Charity Shield.
The Frenchman expects to field a similar line-up to to the one which played against Monaco, with Alexis Sanchez (£35m), Mathieu Debuchy (£12m) and Calum Chambers £16m) all in the team.
Wenger has confirmed that he will not be bringing any of his German contingent back until the 11th of August after their World Cup excursions, with Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker all currently enjoying their time off after a glorious summer in Brazil.
They will not return until Monday and have already been ruled out of the opening game of the Premier League season against Crystal Palace, with Chambers the most likely to benefit as he slots in the centre of defence in Mertesacker’s absence, with Wenger unlikely to risk the want-away Thomas Vermaelen in case of scuppering a move.
Arsenal lost their final game of the Emirates Cup against Monaco as Valencia made off with their home trophy, but Wenger has claimed that he will field a very similar side to that which lined up on Sunday, a game in which all three of Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez started.
Wenger told reporters, “Yes (We’ll name a similar line-up), completely. Unless we buy somebody, but it doesn’t look like that.
“We’re not ready physically, but we should be better than we were on Sunday (against Monaco). It’s a good test to play against Manchester City, because it’s an interesting opponent as they won the league last year.”
Calum Chambers was successful in 61% of his tackles last season, winning 38 challenges for Southampton.
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