Premier League preview: Why Arsenal will finally win the title
Tom Phillips is tipping Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side to win the Premier League title in his preview
Yes, they have not managed to win the trophy since the legendary “Invincibles” season in 2004 but Arsene Wenger’s men now have a great opportunity. Despite Jack Wilshere’s cursed ankle playing up again, Arsenal have a squad worthy of winning the title. Their defence has been given an extra boost with the signing of Petr Cech as their new number one goalkeeper, Arsenal fans will not have to worry about the inconsistent Wojciech Szczesny anymore. With Theo Walcott back to match fitness and set to play a more central role with Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla adding support in attack, Arsenal have a squad that can terrorise the league. Not to mention the return of fan favourite, Alexis Sanchez, who will return later on in the season after winning the Copa America for Chile this summer – Arsenal certainly have a team more than capable to win the league.
Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.
This season looks certain to be more than entertaining with up to eight clubs looking to get Champions League promotion. Already we have four teams looking to enter the title race: United, Arsenal, Chelsea and City, who will all finish in the top four come May 2016. Liverpool will not stand a chance if Brendan Rodgers continues to rely on injury prone Daniel Sturridge for goals, the Kop will be placing a lot of faith on Christian Benteke and Danny Ings to step up to mark, a highly ambitious statement to make which will have no finish product unfortunately for the Reds. Tottenham Hotspur and Everton will again fall short and be destined to fight for the Europa League spot with Liverpool, or hope for success in the FA Cup or League Cup.
Leicester City, Norwich and Watford.
FA Cup winners
It is the perfect opportunity for Louis van Gaal to get the Red Devils back to winning ways by bringing back the FA Cup back to Old Trafford for the first time since 2004. With a squad that better suits Van Gaal and his philosophy than last season, United fans should be expecting some silverware this season.
Signing of the season
A brilliant signing for the Gunners that has transformed them into title contenders. Cech brings confidence, experience and a commanding presence that the likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Szczesny and David Ospina have lacked in the past few seasons. He still has the ability to deliver despite spending a season on the bench last term and there is no doubt he will be able to deliver when it matters the most for Arsenal, unlike his predecessors.
Liverpool have already brought the best out of fellow Brazilians Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho so with Firmino, the Kop will be hoping for some more carnival excitement in the final third. The 23-year-old has featured as a regular for Brazil since his debut in 2014, and playing with the likes of Coutinho already will no doubt help Liverpool’s push to once again be a top four club again.
Flop of the season
He disappointed at Manchester United last term, and an unconvincing pre-season for Chelsea sees Falcao a sure thing as flop of the season. With Chelsea already facing the prospect of Diego Costa sidelined with a hamstring problem, Jose Mourinho may be facing a crisis up front with Falcao and Loic Remy to choose. With Falcao only able to score four goals in the Premier League last season for United, it does not look like Chelsea will be in safe hands in their quest to hold on to their Premier League title.
Most looking forward to…
After a stunning season with Middlesbrough in the Championship last season, which included a return of 19 goals in 43 appearances, Bamford has the perfect opportunity to show Jose Mourinho that he is capable to play on the big stage with his loan deal at Crystal Palace. As he looks set to play a major part in Alan Pardew’s first full season as manager at Selhurst Park, the forward will be wanting to make sure he can deliver the same form as last season if he has any chance to prove to Mourinho he can be a regular member of Chelsea’s first-team.