Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna all left the club on free transfers at the end of last season.
"Going forward and character wise we have been great", said a relieved Wenger, who will be seeking a first league title since 2004 after being handed another two years in charge. I assure you that.
Huddersfield Town - Aaron Mooy has been one of its big signings and he was terrific last season, but it's going to be a tough one in the Premier League for it. Make no mistake, for teams like Huddersfield success is staying up.
Guardiola also pointed out City were not alone in the high-spending stakes during a summer which has seen the world transfer record smashed with Neymar's £200.6million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.
And on Thursday night, Mourinho took a break from his training ground preparation to head out for dinner in Manchester.
"We lost Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Zlatan Ibrahimovic", he said. Competing for Chile and Germany in this year's edition of the tournament were Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez who won't be involved tonight, as well as the latter suffering an extra set back.
"We have more experience of working together than we had last season".
"There are [big clubs with funds] but we're a club who don't need to sell, which is vitally important".
Guardiola believes the Neymar deal has over-inflated the market to levels that can not be maintained. The former came as a welcome signing at 53 million euros as Wenger was already facing the heat because he was unwilling to loosen his purse strings to buy quality players.
Twenty teams would be competing in the 2017/18 Premier League, with the top seventeen teams from the last season, and three teams promoted from the Championship playing in the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992.
Everton have been far busier and made some very interesting additions as they look to push into the top six, or even the Champions League spots. "But we try to win the game".