With the Euros drawing to a close, attention starts to turn to the Premier League and the campaign approaching closer by the day.
Leicester City lifting the title showed fans the league is becoming tighter and more every season. Arsenal should be buoyed by their second placed finish last term, but need to strengthen if they hope to claim the division’s top prize.
Here, we take a look at some of the league’s contenders…
The Gunners need to get over their crippling inconsistency. A strong start to the season is always overshadowed by a spring collapse, that has fans apoplectic as the title slips throw Arsenal’s fingers.
Over the last few years, Arsene Wenger has loosened his purse strings and pulled of a number of impressive signings, notably German genius Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. The signing of Granit Xhaka will strengthen one of team’s real weaknesses over the last campaigns, defensive midfield, now what remains is signing a top striker and world class centre back.
Despite Olivier Giroud’s strong showing at Euro 2016, in the Premier league he misses too many chances. Alexandre Lacazette is a forward linked with a switch to the Emirates outfit, with Arsenal considering triggering his £34m release clause. However, the thing is with Arsenal, it always seems they are reluctant to follow through with big money moves. Sometimes their efforts seem a little half-hearted, such as bidding £40m plus £1 for Luis Suarez.
Nevertheless, the Gunners possess an immensely talented squad that should be competing for this season’s title. If they don’t, serious questions need to be asked of Wenger.
The Blues experienced a truly awful term last campaign, but with Antonio Conte at the helm, Chelsea will look to return to the top of the ladder.
Stamford Bridge’s outfit boast a talented team, and recently signed hot prospect Michy Batshuayi for £30m. Conte is an avid user of a 3-5-2, but the question is, can it be used effectively in the Premier League? The last high profile team to use the system was Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, players looked uncomfortable and were run ragged by teams with pace and width.
If the system works however, Chelsea could be in for an exceptional season. With the new campaign fast approaching, be sure to check out the latest from bookies.com for the best odds.
Hot on the heels of Jose Mourinho sealing his third summer signing, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United appear to be loosening the purse strings yet again by splurging £100m on Paul Pogba.
United have unmatched financial power and are keen to show the world they are back as a superpower. With the signing of marksman Zlatan Ibrahimovic and creative force Henrikh Mkhitaryan, they could be a danger. After a dull few years, Mourinho will look to reintroduce attacking exciting football to Old Trafford.
Mourinho loves a confrontation with Wenger and it will be intriguing how he approaches the manager.
New Sky Blues manager Pepe Guardiola, has always won the league in his first in charge of a new club – but could be in for a shock. This division is the most competitive he will have ever have managed in, and Man City narrowly managed to earn Champions League football last term.
The squad needs a total overhaul and removal of deadwood. Despite Guardiola’s undeniable coaching talent, winning the title may be a step too far.
Arsenal facing off against City will be an interesting clash, as similar styles collide, it will allow fans to gauge the progress of Wenger’s side.
Despite registering their highest ever Premier League finish, Spurs still ended the campaign behind Arsenal.
However, Mauricio Pochettino seems to be rapidly implementing his system at White Hart Lane and were serious contenders last term.
Harry Kane was lethal last season, finishing the division’s top-scorer, but experienced a truly awful Euro 2016. If his form in France continues into the next campaign, expect Tottenham to struggle to emulate last year’s effort.
Claudio Ranieri shocked the world with the high-flying Foxes. Against all odds, the East Midlands club lifted the title.
The problem the side now faces is keeping the talent they possess. Jamie Vardy will be staying at the King Power Stadium after snubbing a deal to join Arsenal, but now N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez are subject to interest from Europe’s finest.
Leicester will find it difficult to match last term’s triumph and may struggle to even to reach the Champions League places.