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Premier League season preview: Arsenal

The new Premier League season is upon us. Burnley and Manchester City will raise the curtain on the 2023-24 campaign tonight at Turf Moor and before we get underway, the Express Sport team have had their say on how the season will pan out. Will Arsenal get revenge on City and win their first title since 2004? Will Manchester United enter the title equation? All that and more below…

Joe Krishnan

Title winners – Arsenal

They came so close last season but instead of licking their wounds, Mikel Arteta has identified where they needed to strengthen and brought in three top players. City haven’t really improved their options and Haaland may find the going tougher this year, giving the Gunners a close-fought title win on the 20-year anniversary of the Invincibles’ triumph.

Top four – Arsenal, Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool

There are generally six teams who could fight for the last two Champions League places. It’s a bit too soon for Mauricio Pochettino’s exciting young Chelsea side, while Tottenham will struggle badly without Harry Kane. Aston Villa could make a challenge for fourth, but the strength of United and Liverpool’s summer signings should help them sneak in.

Bottom three – Luton, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest

Luton simply haven’t strengthened enough, given their squad clearly overachieved last season, and look destined to come straight back down. Sheffield United have lost Ndiaye, who looked a decent player, while Forest’s chaotic approach to squad management won’t do them any favours. Wolves are also in danger.

Player of the Year – Bukayo Saka

It’s frightening that he’s still only 21, because he’s comfortably one of the best players in the Premier League. I genuinely believe this is the season Saka gets 20 goals and double figures for assists – he’s that dangerous. Arteta needs to handle his workload though, because he burned out last term.

Best new signing – Dominik Szoboszlai

I’ve followed Szoboszlai ever since he broke through at Red Bull Salzburg and it’s no surprise Jurgen Klopp has decided to spend a huge fee to capture him. With a thunderous right foot making him a danger from anywhere within 30 yards, the Hungarian can be moulded into their very own De Bruyne. Special mention for Nicolas Jackson, who looks a steal at £30m.

Eight Premier League predictions with Arsenal to get Man City revenge as Rice shines

Eight Premier League predictions with Arsenal to get Man City revenge as Rice shines (Image: GETTY)

Lewis Winter

Title winners – Man City

City haven’t got any worse over the summer. The arrival of Josko Gvardiol and a potential deal for Lucas Paqueta will only strengthen Pep Guardiola’s squad. Arsenal will have the addition of Champions League football this year which could derail any hopes they have of toppling City. Manchester United may still be a goalscorer away from competing.

Top four – Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool

Liverpool are only in the Europa League so should be able to rest some first-team stars when needed. That will help them in their quest to get back in the top four. Newcastle need to add more depth to their squad or they could fall as they battle the addition of Champions League football. Tottenham will surely be nowhere near if Harry Kane leaves.

Bottom three – Luton, Wolves, Sheffield United

Luton will have to hope they can use their tiny ground to get as many points at home as possible. However, they could fall by the wayside, alongside fellow promoted side Sheffield United. Wolves are in disarray before the season has even started. They need to make some major signings in the next three weeks or their six-year spell in the top flight could end in a whimper.

Player of the Year – Erling Haaland

Haaland will undoubtedly be City’s top scorer again and probably win the Golden Boot. Whether he can improve on last season’s tally of 36 goals is another question.

Best new signing – Declan Rice

The most-expensive signing and the best. Every team in the Premier League would have loved to sign Rice and Arsenal have managed to pull off quite the coup.

Tom Parsons

Title winners – Arsenal

If Manchester City suffer a hangover from their treble-winning endeavours last season, Arsenal will be the prime candidates to land the title. The Gunners’ front three are as talented as they come and the combination of Declan Rice and Thomas Partey behind them could finally tilt the title race in their favour.

Top four – Arsenal, Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool

Manchester City won’t be far behind champions Arsenal, with Manchester United and Liverpool taking third and fourth spots respectively. The Red Devils have bought well this summer, while the Merseysiders should improve on their dreadful campaign last time around.

Bottom three – Wolves, Sheffield United, Luton

Luton could find themselves cut adrift at the bottom of the table if they don’t produce solid home form early on. The goal-shy Wolves could join them in the bottom three, while Sheffield United are in line for another relegation as they don’t look strong enough to compete week in week out.

Player of the Year – Erling Haaland

It’s hard to see past Erling Haaland as this season’s player of the year. There’s no reason for Pep Guardiola to give Haaland more rest this term and, if the player stays fit, he could bang in even more goals than he did last time around.

Best new signing – Declan Rice

I’m backing Rice to be the signing that makes the most difference. Josko Gvardiol will be a brilliant addition for City but, if Arsenal do win the title, there is no doubt that Rice will have had a huge part to play.

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Eight Premier League predictions with Arsenal to get Man City revenge as Rice shines (Image: GETTY)

Charlie Malam

Title winners – Man City

Arsenal are bridging the gap but if Erling Haaland plays 75 per cent of the season, Manchester City win the league, for me. City’s squad has weakened a little this summer but their defence is still unbelievably strong and Haaland is the best goalscorer on the planet – they’ll make it four in a row.

Top four – Man City, Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool

I had Chelsea pipping Liverpool to fourth but the signing of Moises Caicedo changes it for me. I still think they’ll concede enough goals to slip behind Manchester United though unless they sign another left-sided centre-back. United will improve again from last season but they’re not in title contention just yet. Chelsea fifth, Tottenham eighth or so if Harry Kane goes.

Bottom three – Nottingham Forest, Wolves, Sheffield United

Sheffield United look very under-equipped and will be down before the final day. I like Wolves going for Gary O’Neil but their squad is uninspiring and it’s an even harder job than he had at Bournemouth. Steve Cooper and Forest will part ways and the club will pay the price. I’m backing Luton Town to do a 22/23 Forest and just about sneak safety.

Player of the Year – Bukayo Saka

Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland are the obvious picks here but I can see Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard really shining once again. Saka will be the main man for Arsenal again this season. He’ll make another step towards challenging Mohamed Salah as the best right-sided forward in the world.

Best new signing – Moises Caicedo

Christopher Nkunku was my choice pre-injury but he’ll miss half the season now so I’ll go for Caicedo to Liverpool. It’s massive, massive money but he’s the readymade No 6 Jurgen Klopp was crying out for. If they can keep their starting XI fit, Liverpool can even compete for the title.

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Sam Smith

Title winners – Man City

A season as energy-sapping as Man City’s last season would usually take the wind out of their sails (see Liverpool last season after their gruelling 2021-22 campaign). But this is not any usual team. As always, City might take a while to click into gear, but they will storm to success in the second half of the season.

Top four – Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea

The battle for the top four has never been so competitive and at least a couple of excellent teams will miss out. Pochettino’s Chelsea will be fun to watch, while you can expect a strong resurgence from Liverpool once they resolve their midfield mini-crisis.

Bottom three – Wolves, Sheffield United, Fulham

Chaos has engulfed Wolves and Fulham this summer, with both sets of supporters expecting nervy campaigns. Sheffield United will be weaker if Sander Berge departs. Luton will pull off plenty of surprises at Kenilworth Road.

Player of the Year – Martin Odegaard

Odegaard was unfortunate that his Norwegian team-mate Erling Haaland was in such fine form last season. If Arsenal challenge for the title again, expect their captain to be at the heart of their efforts.

Best new signing – Declan Rice

Arsenal’s midfield will improve ten-fold with the additions of Rice and Kai Havertz. The England star will prove to be worth every penny of the £105m spent by the Gunners.

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Eight Premier League predictions with Arsenal to get Man City revenge as Rice shines (Image: GETTY)

Charlie Gordon

Title winners – Arsenal

Motivation and hunger are surely at an all-time high at the Emirates after coming so close last season. Mikel Arteta’s side are battle-hardened this time around and their summer signings give the boss plenty of options. Fresh from their treble win, Manchester City may find it difficult to conjure up the grit needed for four in a row.

Top four – Arsenal, Man City, Man Utd, Newcastle

An extremely boring answer, given it’s the same quartet as last campaign, but I simply can’t see any of the challengers making up enough ground. Liverpool have lost too many players, Chelsea are still an unknown quantity and Tottenham are in a period of transition.

Bottom three – Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, Luton Town

Luton have worked miracles to get to the top flight but staying there is another matter. I expect the Blades to join them in tumbling back down to the Championship after losing a host of their best players. Finally, Palace will surely find it tough without talisman Wilfried Zaha, particularly with even more of their talented crop coveted by rivals ahead of the transfer deadline.

Player of the Year – Declan Rice

It says a lot about Rice that a manager of Mikel Arteta’s quality is effectively trying to build a team around him. His underwhelming performance in the Community Shield suggests that it may take a few weeks to find his feet, but I have no doubts about Rice’s capability to become a club legend in north London.

Best new signing – Romeo Lavia

Throwing a curveball into the mix as Lavia is still technically at Southampton, but he seems certain to join either Chelsea or Liverpool for £50m. Whoever ends up with him has a future star on their hands, and Manchester City could be made to regret not going back in for the teenager after letting him leave last year.

Premier League season preview: Man Utd

Gideon Brooks

Title winners – Man Utd

There is undoubtedly a leap of faith required to believe United can breach a 14 point gap on City but the changes they have made to their squad certainly suggest that can get closer particularly if Guardiola’s men suffer any sort of treble winning hangover.

Top four – Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea

Newcastle could struggle to maintain the levels they hit last season with added workload, Liverpool look to be treading water under Klopp now and Spurs are not consistent enough to challenge. Chelsea are sure to bounce back from a miserable season and have no midweek commitments.

Player of the Year – Phil Foden

Given the keys to patrol a more central area, Foden could really come of age this season especially with Ilkay Gundogan freeing up game time by moving on.

Best new signing – Mason Mount

Gifted technically and intelligent Mount does nothing spectacular but every team he plays in gets better with him in it. United could be transformed with him this season.

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Eight Premier League predictions with Arsenal to get Man City revenge as Rice shines (Image: GETTY)

Archie Griggs

Title winners – Man City

City will once again be the team to beat, especially with Josko Gvardiol as the newest addition to their treble-winning back line. They are arguably one of the strongest club sides in history and it’s hard to look past them in terms of picking a winner.

Top four – Man City, Arsenal, Newcastle, Man United

Almost an exact repeat of last season’s top four but with Newcastle and United having swapped places. All three sides will certainly need to avoid any slip-ups throughout the campaign with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Aston Villa chasing them down.

Bottom three – Wolves, Sheffield United, Luton Town

Wolves might be about to wave goodbye to the Premier League, with their lack of business and the loss of Julen Lopetegui not good signs. They will be joined by two newly-promoted sides if the Blades and Luton fail to dodge the drop, which could be the most likely scenario.

Player of the Year – Erling Haaland

Haaland blew everyone away with his record-breaking debut season and there is little reason to expect a drop-off in quality this time around. It might be too early to label him a Premier League all-time great but another year or two and he could be up there with the best.

Best new signing – Declan Rice

He will probably end up being the Premier League’s most expensive signing this summer but the boy is certainly worth it. His elite composure on and off the ball will certainly help him to succeed at Arsenal, who have lacked a world-class defensive midfielder since the days of Patrick Vieira.

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