ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)CECH, BELLERIN, KOSCIELNY, MERTESACKER, MONREAL, COQUELIN, CAZORLA, RAMSEY, OZIL, WALCOTT, GIROUDWEST HAM (4-2-3-1)SAKHO, JARVIS, PAYET, ZARATE, NOBLE, KOUYATE, CRESSWELL, REID, TOMKINS, BURKE, ADRIANArsenal approach the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League season with confidence, after a hugely impressive pre-season that earned them three trophies. The Gunners, who retained the FA Cup last May, won the Asia Cup in Singapore, the Emirates Cup at home and then the Community Shield, when manager Arsene Wenger beat Chelsea rival Jose Mourinho for the first time in 14 encounters with his rival.The Gunners are at home on the opening day for the fourth year in a row. But they do not boast an impressive recent opening-day record; last season’s 2-1 win at home to Crystal Palace was their first victory in the first game of the season since 2009, when they won 6-1 at Everton.West Ham, meanwhile, have already been busy under new boss Slaven Bilic, who replaced Sam Allardyce during the summer. On Thursday, the Hammers were in Europa League action, their sixth game of the competition.Bilic, who spent three years at West Ham as a player, is a popular choice amongst Hammers fans but he is without the injured Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia while Carl Jenkinson, signed on a second season’s loan from Arsenal, is ineligible to face his parent club.Arsenal will continue with Petr Cech, signed from Champions Chelsea at the age of 33. The keeper will wear the number 33 and has already impressed as the Gunners’ custodian.The Gunners hold the upper hand over their London rivals; they have won their last nine games in the league against West Ham and are unbeaten in their last 14 (winning 14 and drawing two). Indeed, West Ham last beat Arsenal in April 2007 at the Emirates Stadium.
The existing Melwood site will be turned into 160 houses in November by Liverpool City COuncil According to Construction News, the Reds have named McLaughlin and Harvey as their main contractors behind the site at Kirkby.Work will begin in October later this year, but the facilities will not be available to use until the 2020/21 season.Manager Jurgen Klopp announced in May last year the club were keen to integrate both the first team and the academy together in one facility.The £50million project will see the construction of a new match pitch with floodlights, a 499-person capacity viewing stand for guests, and a combined first team and academy building. Liverpool have named the contractor who will lead development on their new £50 million training complex.However, there will be a delay as work is not expected to be completed until 2020.That’s one year later than originally planned, partly as a result of the hold-up in appointing a main contractor. 2 2 This is how the entrance of the new site will look (image courtesy of KSS/Liverpool FC) The 34.6 hectare site will also contain a new two-storey training centre with a gross internal space of 91,500 sq ft.Leading architecture and design company KSS is the architect behind the scheme’s design, having worked with the Reds on the expansion of Anfield and also with Brighton & Hove Albion on the construction of the Amex Stadium.The club secured approval from Liverpool City Council to build 160 houses on the site of its existing Melwood training ground site in November.