Same manager, same tactics, better players - Guardiola lays out Man City blueprint

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"Fortunately for us, there isn't any player in our team or squad that doesn't know the Premier League or the Premier League players and their qualities".

Arsenal also have a new striker to go to war with, in the form of Alexandre Lacazette, but most of their hopes could lie on the future of two longer-serving players. No one has yet worked out whether it's a friendly or a serious competitive fixture, but last weekend saw Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties.

The Spaniard's Liverpool counterpart, Jurgen Klopp, had on Thursday dubbed the Manchester club "incredible", tipping them for the title as the League resumes Friday.

With plenty of time until deadline day, The Grapevine has the very latest football transfer news from the Premier League's top clubs in our round-up below.

"There is still 20 days left and there will be more transfers", Pep told the press at the CFA.

It takes time to get used to such things again: it takes time to take them seriously again.

Anthony Knockaert was directly involved in more league goals than any other Championship midfielder in 2016-17, with 15 goals and eight assists.

City are the favourites and Guardiola will face some "pointed questions" if his side fail to establish themselves as "English football's dominant force", says Dickinson of the Times. Vieira was just as vital a cog to Wenger's Arsenal as Keane was to Ferguson's Man United.

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Frank Lampard - One of the greatest midfield talents of his generation, Lampard became the archetypal versatile midfielder. Yet he also pointed to problems in attack.

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Cristiano Ronaldo - Though he went on to be the muscle-clad goalscoring cyborg we all know and love/hate (delete as appropriate), Ronaldo was well on his way to world domination at Old Trafford. It started with Real Madrid and [Cristiano] Ronaldo going for £80m and then [Gareth] Bale for £85m.

"It looks like everywhere there is many, many players and a bit of congestion at the moment everywhere", Wenger said. His early promise at Monaco had been dulled at Juventus, and the experiment to turn him into a winger had failed.

"Guardiola has given the distinct impression that he is not wildly impressed with English football culture, nearly an air of disdain at times, and behind the scenes City have seen him be intense, irritable and demanding", says Matt Dickinson of The Times. My guess is that Swansea City will join them.

Top scorer: Harry Kane.

Eliaquim Mangala could earn a surprise reprieve at Manchester City after the defender returned to training with Pep Guardiola's squad, though Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Jason Denayer are all set to leave as they are not involved with the main group.

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