why the battle between the leaders promises to be exciting this season in England
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why the battle between the leaders promises to be exciting this season in England

Since 2012, Manchester City have won seven Premier League titles. Cityzen’s dominance seems total in the Premier League, but a few teams like Arsenal can hinder the Skyblues in their quest for a tenth title.

The resumption of the Premier League is on Friday, and a question is already being asked: who can really stop Manchester City in the pursuit of a tenth title as champions of England? For several seasons, Manchester City has successfully built its project by acquiring key players such as Kevin de Bruyne (2015), Ilkay Gundogan (2016) and more recently Erling Haaland in 2022.

The observation is clear: in the last six seasons, Manchester City have won five league titles. But last season, Pep Guardiola’s side got scared and had to go past Arsenal in May to win a ninth Premier League title. For this 2023-2024 season, it will be complicated to prevent Manchester City from dominating, but some teams are still to be seen this season.

Arsenal: number 1 competitor after City

The Gunners can believe it. With a well-established system led by Mikel Arteta, former assistant to Pep Guardiola, Arsenal are a team of great talent and will once again be one of the most serious contenders for the title of England’s champion.

Last year, it was the losing confrontation against the Skyblues (4-1) that destroyed the Gunners’ momentum as they seemed to go all the way.

In addition, the club has strengthened with the arrival of Kai Havertz from Chelsea, but especially with that of Declan Rice, for a sum of around 122 million euros.

The former West Ham player will bolster the Gunners’ midfield and will have to justify the transfer fee. Also note the arrival of Jurriën Timber, Dutch defender.

Arsenal’s star is Saka

But Arsenal’s real star is Bukayo Saka. The England international scored 15 goals and provided 11 assists last season. He should still turn a corner and bring the Gunners in his wake. All these factors make Arsène Wenger believe in Arsenal’s title this season: ”I think Mikel Arteta is doing a good job, he is making the right decisions with a well-built team, which for me can fight to win the championship. ”

Manchester United and Liverpool on the lookout

A third place for Manchester United, and a fifth place for Liverpool. Both teams have often been overshadowed by Manchester City in recent years. For Erik ten Hag’s second season, the Red Devils will have a different face, with the departure of David de Gea, replaced by André Onana. Mason Mount and Rasmus Holjund have also signed for United.

For these three newcomers, Manchester United paid just over 180 million euros. Although a third-place finish took them through to the Champions League, it’s hard to imagine fans being happy with that for a club like United, who haven’t been champions in 11 years.

New start for Liverpool

For Liverpool, a lot has changed before the start of the season. A lot of players left like Fabinho, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keïta. The Reds signed Dominik Szoboszlai (€70 million) and Alexis Mac Allister (€40 million) to compensate for these departures.

Only qualified in the Europa League, this can benefit Liverpool, who must take advantage of this new start to become one of the best teams in England again, and try to finish on the podium.

Newcastle and Chelsea were waiting at the turn

Relegation two years ago, and fourth in the Premier League last season. Newcastle managed to pull themselves out of the game to qualify for the Champions League. The Magpies are now waiting for their turn.

Allan Saint-Maximin left, but the club recruited Harvey Barnes and young Italian nugget Sandro Tonali. The Saudi project is a success so far and Newcastle will try to confirm their good season to get a little closer to the top. It will be up to Eddie Howe to maintain the beautiful momentum of the Magpies for this new Premier League campaign.

The Pochettino effect at Chelsea?

As for Chelsea, the Blues will be expected to turn, but for a different reason. After an unsuccessful 2022-2023 campaign and a dismal twelfth-place finish, Chelsea will not play in any European competition and can focus on the Premier League. With Mauricio Pochettino as the new coach, a reaction is expected this season.

However, the departures were many and important: Edouard Mendy, Mateo Kovacic, Kalidou Koulibaly, N’Golo Kanté, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Cesar Azpilicueta.

The list is long and the Blues have recruited few players: Axel Disasi, Nicolas Jackson and especially Christopher Nkunku, who will be out for several months due to a knee injury. Chelsea must regain the leading roles in the Premier League and another season without European qualification would be a bitter failure.

Despite the diversity of talented teams, it will be a long and tumultuous journey to be in the fight for the title. Manchester City are intent on dominating again and aiming for only one thing: a tenth title as champions of England.

As a final warning before the start of Premier League hostilities, the Skyblues dropped their first potential Community Shield title of the season. Beaten by Arsenal on penalties (1-1, 4 pens to 1), Pep Guardiola’s protégés have been warned that they will not be able to relax. Behind, the other candidates for the title are hungry.

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