Only 2 points separated them from Chelsea says they are still contenders. Arsenal can boast some hugely promising signings, including the club-record acquisition of talented winger Nicolas Pepe. Looking at the fixtures, Arsenal have some tough fixtures to start with, and depending on the results, might just surprise all the nay-sayers at the end of the season.
This doesn’t always translate into a season win but this spending spree certainly shows their intent.
Key players are Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser look set to stay at this point despite much interest from other teams.
New coach Graeme Potter is set to take the reins this season and with his attacking philosophy, it could inject some much needed life into the team.
Never truly recovering from their gruelling trips across the pond before the season began. The team only managed a 15th place finish, 6 points clear of the drop. Jay Rodriguez, having bagged 22 goals for West Brom in the Championship last season is set to return to the team. Substance over style has been the Burnley way and survival being the 2019/2020 season priority.
Having finished a disappointing 3rd in the Premier League, and yet winning the Europa League last season, you could say they had a successful year, but that’s up for debate. One thing’s for sure, Frank Lampard will lift the mood. We also see academy graduates Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount being given an opportunity under the young, budding manager, believing strongly in building the youth.
Palace, who finished 12th last season, received £50 million for Wan-Bissaka and haven’t done much business at all this summer break. Could they be dropping off this year?
Marco Silva’s men started to look the part as the season went on, and after another impressive summer of business, they look set to bang on the door of the top 6.
Brendan Rodgers stamped his authority when joining the club and them winning their last 5 games - finishing in a respectable 9th place. The club clearly means business this year by breaking their transfer record TWICE to land Ayoze Perez from Newcastle and the permanent signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco.
Fans are hopeful for this season. The champions of Europe boast the Premier League’s best defence, with the majestic Virgil van Dijk at its core, while 2 of their front 3 shared the Golden Boot last season.
It would take a bold person to bet against Manchester City this season. Rodri adds even more firepower to one of the greatest midfields the Premier League has ever seen. They also have plenty of top defensive talent in their ranks and Pep Guardiola’s men will take some stopping from claiming a 3rd successive title.
Three managers have failed to emulate the Scot’s success – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer grew increasingly reckless at the wheel last season. Having slipped to a hugely disappointing 6th place finish, and in need of some big summer transfer signings - Wan-Bissaka and Dan James represent exciting fresh talent at Old Trafford as Solskjaer looks to rejuvenate the club with youthful home-grown players. A much needed defence signing was England’s international Harry Maguire from Leicester for £80million.
New arrivals of Joelinton from Hoffenheim for a club-record £40 million and promising winger Allan Saint-Maximin from Nice will at least give fans something to feel excited about.
Nigel Farke packs his team with exciting, young players and gets them playing attractive football. Although goals came easy in the Championship last season, Norwich will need to work on their defence. Travelling to Anfield on the opening night of the new campaign - nothing like being dropped in the hot water to test your wears.
They’re not a financial powerhouse, but Sheffield United show that there is still room for traditional honesty and hard work. Much of the team remains the same with some exciting new additions to the squad. Club captain Billy Sharp will lead their climb into the Football League.
Danny Ings, who impressed during his loan from the Reds last season, joins on a permanent deal, while Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo have moved from Birmingham and Standard Liege respectively. The club certainly won’t be lacking fire power up front next season, with Charlie Austin and Shane Long also competing to lead the line. Eccentric Ralph Hassenhuttl should provide some entertainment on the touchline, too.
They are the 1st team in Premier League history to do so. Added to this, was the hugely delayed opening of their new stadium, they still achieved a 4th finish. The club smashed their transfer record to sign the highly-rated Tanguy Ndombele. Mauricio Pochettino has done a great job at Tottenham but trophies are the most useful barometer of success. Is this the breakthrough season for Spurs?
Watford provides a stern test for anyone in the Premier League (except Liverpool, as they have battered them at Anfield twice in a row). Punching well above their mid-table weight with a midfield duo of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue, neither of whom would look out of place in a top 6 side.
Pellegrini is making the right signings with Pablo Fornals, the £25 million playmaker from Villarreal, and Sebastien Haller, the club-record £45 million signing from Eintracht Frankfurt, are just 2 hugely exciting signings.
Wolves took the Premier League by storm following their promotion from the Championship, and finishing in a remarkable 7th place. Wolves’ key strength lies in its midfield, with Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho with the league’s most deadly marksmen from last season, Raul Jimenez adding firepower – this team can and will pack a punch.
Match Week 1 Fixtures