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    In pics: EPL giants warm up to new season

    • Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany lifts the trophy after their win against Chelsea in the English FA Community Shield at Villa Park stadium in Birmingham on August 12, 2012. (AP Photo)

    • Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City is tackled by Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea during the FA Community Shield match. (Getty Images)

    • Gael Clichy of Manchester City and Fernando Torres of Chelsea battle for the ball during the FA Community Shield match. (Getty Images)

    • Rio Ferdinand during the MTN Football Invitational match between Amazulu and Manchester United at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on July 18, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. (Getty Images)

    • Aiden Jenniker of Ajax Cape Town and Antonio Valencia of Manchester United in action during the MTN Football Invitational match between Ajax Cape Town and Manchester United at Cape Town Stadium on July 21, 2012. (Getty Images)

    • Paul Scholes of Manchester United in action during the friendly match between Shanghai Shenhua and Manchester United. (Getty Images)

    • Thomas Eisfeld of Arsenal FC celebrates after scoring during the pre-season Asian Tour friendly match between Kitchee FC and Arsenal at the Hong Kong Stadium on July 29, 2012. (Getty Images)

    • Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger looks on during the pre-season Asian Tour friendly match against Kitchee FC at the Hong Kong Stadium. (Getty Images)

    • Alex Song of Arsenal FC reacts during the pre-season Asian Tour friendly match between Kitchee FC and Arsenal. (Getty Images)

    • Adam Smith of Tottenham Hotspur moves forward with the ball watched by Ishmel Demontagnac of Northampton Town during their pre-season friendly match at Sixfields on August 4, 2012. (Getty Images)