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Chelsea’s Pedro suffered multiple fractures in collision with David Ospina

• Spain forward to wear mask when he returns to training in 10 days
• Álvaro Morata to make Chelsea debut against Bayern on Tuesday

Antonio Conte has revealed the injury suffered by Pedro in Chelsea’s pre-season friendly victory over Arsenal is more serious than he thought.

The 29-year-old was taken off in the first half of the 3-0 win in Beijing after a heavy collision with goalkeeper David Ospina, with the club later announcing that he stayed the night in hospital having sustained a concussion and facial injuries.

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal in for Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio?

Today’s rumours are enclosed

Even allowing for the fact that pre-season news cycles make each day seem like a month, and that for all we know they’ll be forced to play Steve Bould up front against Leicester on the opening day, this hasn’t felt like the most Arsenal-ish of transfer windows so far. Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette were both nailed down early on and look fine signings; there hasn’t, when we cut to the chase, been too much sign of Alexis Sánchez or Mesut Özil leaving either and at the current rate of knots you might be forgiven for thinking Thursday really will be the next Friday in Islington from next month.

Especially if they can somehow get Marco Asensio through the door. What now? Yes, Real Madrid’s boy wonder is apparently on their radar and would go down just nicely as a long-term replacement for their want-away Chilean – who will presumably be high-fiving with Gunnersaurus for one more year. Manchester United and Juventus are among those interested too, though, while Real wouldn’t mind keeping hold of the gifted forward themselves – all of which files these links under “curious”.

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Antonio Conte praises Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi after double in Arsenal win

• Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea; Willian 40, Batshuayi 42, 49
• Pedro forced off with concussion during pre-season friendly in Beijing

Antonio Conte praised the performance of Michy Batshuayi after he scored twice in Chelsea’s comfortable pre-season win over Arsenal in China. Both Arsène Wenger and Conte named strong teams for the match at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, with Alexandre Lacazette again featuring for Arsenal. Wenger also named youngsters Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Cohen Bramall in his starting lineup. Recent £58m Chelsea signing Álvaro Morata did not feature but arrived in Singapore on Saturday to meet up with his Chelsea team-mates.

Batshuayi excelled in attack, leading the line in front of Pedro and Willian, who opened the scoring five minutes before half-time. Batshuayi, who scored the decisive goal at West Bromwich Albion as Chelsea won the Premier League in May, scored his first goals of the new season in style, curling an opener before striking home from the edge of the box.

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Arsenal v Chelsea: pre-season friendly – live!

12.06pm BST

Arsenal (3-4-2-1) Ospina; Maitland-Niles, Mertesacker, Monreal; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka, Bramall; Ozil, Iwobi; Lacazette.

Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Pedro; Batshuayi.

11.10am BST

Hello madam, hello sir. July is the happiest month to be a football supporter. There’s no real football, but that’s kind of the point. Your team’s record signing is yet to banjax a penalty into Row FFS; nobody has stomped down the tunnel after a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to West Brom; no one on TV is using the phrase “on social media” as if they are about to discuss the grave findings of a year-long judicial review into historic corruption.

It’s the time when hope and optimism replace mope and cynicism. Today, Arsenal and Chelsea both continuing preparations for their title-winning 2017-18 campaigns, and whatever happens in the next few hours won’t change that. The best and worst thing about this match is that it means absolutely nothing. Enjoy it, because soon things will get very, very, very, very important – and not just when we look at what people are saying on social media.

A dark family secret comes to light when a girl deliberately runs over a woman on a pedestrian crossing, and the result of an internal inquiry board is revealed.

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Arsenal and Crystal Palace move closer to agreeing Calum Chambers deal

• Clubs confident permanent transfer can be agreed for central defender
• Palace have offered in region of £16m but Arsenal’s valuation is higher

Arsenal are in dialogue with Crystal Palace over the sale of Calum Chambers with both clubs increasingly confident a compromise can be struck over the fee.

Palace had discussed loan and permanent deal options for the England defender but their initial offer, believed to be worth around £16m including add-ons and potential percentage of sell-on fees, fell well under Arsenal’s £25m valuation of the 22-year-old, who spent last season at relegated Middlesbrough. Frank de Boer considers Chambers a ball-playing centre-half who can fit into his desired 3-4-3 formation, as the Dutchman attempts to tweak the team’s style.

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Arsenal refusal to sell Alexis Sánchez based on long-term financial thinking

• Club have told Chilean he has to honour the final year of his contract
• Arsène Wenger: the decision has been made and it is not to sell

Arsenal’s refusal to sell Alexis Sánchez is rooted in long-term economic factors, as well as sporting ones, with the club convinced it would be more damaging to accept a large fee for him this summer than to risk losing him as a Bosman free agent next summer.

Arsène Wenger spoke again on Tuesday about how Sánchez, who has entered the final year of his contract and has made it clear he will not sign a new one, would not be allowed to leave. The Chile forward is a prime target for Manchester City and Paris St-Germain, with his desire being to join the former.

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Wojciech Szczesny set to join Juventus from Arsenal for around £10m

• Arsenal goalkeeper has agreed to join Italian champions
• Poland international to earn £70,000 a week as deputy to Gianluigi Buffon

Wojciech Szczesny is set to join Juventus after agreeing a deal in principle with the Italian champions. Juventus and Arsenal are in the final stages of concluding the deal with the fee expected to be around £10m.

The Polish international will sign a long-term contract and earn almost £70,000 a week. The 27-year-old has spent the last two seasons at Roma and is now ready to permanently leave the London club he joined in 2009.

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Football transfer rumours: Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé on his way to Arsenal?

Today’s fluff put the boom boom into my heart

It’s mid-July and we still don’t know if Alexis Sánchez will be staying at Arsenal or leaving. The player may have announced yesterday that he “wants to play in the Champions League” and had “made my decision” but the Sun today say the Chilean “is understood to love the London life” and might even sign a £275,000-a-week contract extension. However thanks to today’s Express we do know who would replace the Chilean if he does end up going: it’s Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé! “Despite insisting Sánchez would be forced to honour the last year of his contract,” they write, “Wenger is well aware losing an asset worth at least £50m would be economic madness.” Madness! The Gunners are about to receive €10m for Wojcech Szczesny, whose move to Juventus is going to be confirmed any day now, but that cash might not be in their bank account for long, what with them “considering making a £45m bid”, according to the Mirror, for the Southampton gossip-magnet Virgil van Dijk.

Related: Manchester City’s Joe Hart set to join West Ham on season-long loan

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Alexis Sánchez: I want Champions League football but my future depends on Arsenal

• Forward is entering final year of his contract with no new deal agreed
• Sánchez: ‘I have made my decision, now we wait for a response’

Alexis Sánchez has said he would like to play in the Champions League but accepts his short-term future lies entirely in Arsenal’s hands.

The forward, who is entering the final year of his contract and has been strongly linked with a move away from north London, suggested that he has made his mind up about his preferred next step but is waiting for the club to state its intentions.

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Olivier Giroud helps Arsenal breeze past Western Sydney Wanderers

Arsenal wrap up pre-season tour of Australia with 3-1 winGiroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny net for GunnersArsenal capped their pre-season tour of Australia with a comfortable 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers, thanks to goals by Olivier Girou…

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Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal in friendly win over Sydney FC

Sydney FC 0-2 Arsenal

Mertesacker 4, Lacazette 83

New signing Alexandre Lacazette took only 15 minutes to score on his first outing in an Arsenal shirt as he helped to complete a 2-0 friendly victory over Sydney FC.

Related: Sydney FC 0-2 Arsenal: Lacazette scores in pre-season friendly – as it happened

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Sydney FC v Arsenal: pre-season friendly – live!

  • Live updates from the game at ANZ Stadium in Sydney
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10.39am BST

The Sky Blues starting XI is around half-strength from the settled side that dominated the last A-League season.

Arsenal’s centre-halves will be delighted the combative Matt Simon is starting up front – he will test the ‘friendly’ nature of this exhibition.

LINEUP | Here’s how we shape up for our first pre-season clash v @premierleague giants @Arsenal! Thoughts? #SydneyIsSkyBlue #ArsenalinSydney pic.twitter.com/Nwkei46UlU

10.37am BST

The headline news is Lacazette will begin on the pine, which is a bit of a shame.

There’s an early look at Bosnian international Sead Kolašinac who will start on the left of a back three as Wenger persists with the formation that Antonio Conte so successfully trolled the Premier League with last season.

The teams are in – let’s do this, lads #ArsenalinSydney pic.twitter.com/qkxL7NtJto

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Mesut Özil on his Arsenal future: ‘It is definitely my preference to stay’

• Özil reveals he will hold talks once back in London after pre-season tour
• Midfielder says ‘it would hit the team quite hard’ if Alexis Sánchez went

Mesut Özil says that his preference would “definitely” be to sign a new contract at Arsenal. The midfielder has entered the final 12 months of his £140,000-a-week deal and, in the absence of offers from any of the European clubs who could meet his wage demands, he is set to stay at Emirates Stadium for the upcoming season.

The bigger issue has been whether Özil will re-sign at the club he joined from Real Madrid for £42.5m in 2013, with one of his options being to wait until January 2018 to see whether he gets a lucrative pre-contract offer from an overseas club relating to a free agent move in the summer.

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Mesut Özil on his Arsenal future: ‘It is definitely my preference to stay’

• Özil reveals he will hold talks once back in London after pre-season tour
• Midfielder says ‘it would hit the team quite hard’ if Alexis Sánchez went

Mesut Özil says that his preference would “definitely” be to sign a new contract at Arsenal. The midfielder has entered the final 12 months of his £140,000-a-week deal and, in the absence of offers from any of the European clubs who could meet his wage demands, he is set to stay at Emirates Stadium for the upcoming season.

The bigger issue has been whether Özil will re-sign at the club he joined from Real Madrid for £42.5m in 2013, with one of his options being to wait until January 2018 to see whether he gets a lucrative pre-contract offer from an overseas club relating to a free agent move in the summer.

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Arsenal, Alexis Sánchez and the question of who will blink first

The Chilean wants to join Manchester City but Arsenal are not selling to a domestic rival. Can the club really justify missing out on a £50m transfer fee and hold him to his final year?

At the end of last season, Alexis Sánchez was approached by an Arsenal team-mate who wanted to know what was happening with the striker’s new contract. “Are you going to stay with us next season?” he asked. Sánchez barely broke stride and completely blanked him.

The story will doubtless raise a few smiles among journalists, who are well used to getting that sort of treatment from players post-match. But from one team-mate to another?

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Premier League pre-season tours: a feast for fans in far-flung destinations

The international pre-season trip has become a way not just for English clubs to make money, but to open themselves up to supporters around the world

It is not only superfans of the elite who are catered for in the modern era of the pre-season international extravaganza. Mansfield Town are warming up for the new League Two campaign in Malta, and the club offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to their supporters including travel with the players on a private Stags Air jet, an invitation to an exclusive barbecue, and five-star hotel stay, all for a mere £3,000. Mansfield beat a Malta Players Association XI 5-0 in the baking heat over the weekend. What better way to build up to the new dawn that 2017-18 might bring?

The pre-season tour has become a significant moment in any club’s calendar. While managers might pine for more serene preparation with the emphasis on fine-tuning the bodies of athletes to handle the upcoming months of relentless competition, pre-season as an event is here to stay. You can imagine marketing gurus sticking pins in maps and circling dates years in advance. Certainly at elite level, for clubs who gear themselves towards growing their international fanbase, summer tours are now extensively planned. There are millions to be made in appearance money, sponsors are granted special access that is more difficult to accommodate in the season proper, and brand building with long distance or new fans is championed.

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Win a pair of VIP tickets to see Arsenal in the 2017 Emirates Cup

Answer a simple question and you could be off to watch the Gunners in luxury at the Emirates StadiumArsenal are hosting their pre-season tournament the Emirates Cup on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July and the Guardian has teamed up with the Gunners to of…