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Mourinho ready to continue trend of second-year success

Everton’s Dominic Calvert Lewin celebrates scoring their first goal. Adam Holt Action Images via Reuters Everton’s Dominic Calvert Lewin celebrates scoring their first goal. Adam Holt Action Images via Reuters
Montrelle Montesinos | 12 Agosto, 2017, 22:59

Arsenal is coping with missing out on the Champions League for the first time in two decades, while Leicester City endured a rocky defense to its improbable 2015-16 title but managed to stay up under managerial replacement Craig Shakespeare and is hoping for a more sane season going forward.

Mourinho confirmed United are in talks to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, following reports from Sky in Italy earlier this week. "I'm not a difficult person to work with, in spite of it looking different sometimes".

United were the lowest scorers of the Premier League's top seven last season with just 54. But it didn't quite work out like that: there was no Cottonopolis Clásico, there was no Rumble by the Irwell.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season", Guardiola said Friday on the eve of his side's opening game of the new Premier League season at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.

Jose Mourinho has told his players they must all take responsibility for solving Manchester United's goalscoring problem, while adding that a Premier League title was a more realistic target this season.

Mourinho's optimism is based on three beliefs; he feels he has a more settled squad than when he arrived, that they have had a better pre-season than 12 months ago and that their rivals at the top of the division will have greater distractions in European competition this time.

"We always had more goals with wingers and midfielders getting 10 goals, central defenders getting five goals, and last season that did not happen much".

Substitute Aaron Ramsey rifled home to level before Giroud - introduced alongside the Wales international - headed in an 85th-minute winner to settle a breathless encounter in Arsenal's favour.

Cast your minds back to this time last year when West Ham United were dealing with Europa League qualifying football as well as an exhaustive trip to the United States of America for pre-season. Eric Bailly could start as well, meaning one of Victor Lindelöf or Chris Smalling will head back to the bench.

His loan spell at St James's Park last season was a definite success, and with the Magpies now back in the Premier League, he is set to push on.

Arsenal found its equalizer on the stroke of halftime, though, with Lacazette squeezing a ball through tight space to Kolasinac, who laid it off for Danny Welbeck to beat Kasper Schmeichel from close range, making it 2-2 entering the break.

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. There was, however, a strong suspicion of handball by Ozil ahead of the corner that indirectly led to the goal.

All jokes aside, Egypt international Hegazy is a perfect fit for the Baggies.

But the Portuguese manager did concede his side are one of seven teams who can bring the title home. But the solution is not changing players every season. His style is so innately British, he is bound to be a hit at the Hawthorns.