Arsenal and Crystal Palace kick off the Premier League... and all eyes are on City

Arsenal and Crystal Palace kick off the Premier League… and all eyes are on City

Tuchel annoyed by Chelsea’s limited deals… Watten Hag hopes to correct United’s path

Today, the English Premier League begins with the match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal, but all eyes will be on the start of the journey of the young Norwegian striker, Erling Haaland, with Manchester City, when the defending champions visit West Ham on Sunday.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta hopes that his team’s path will be parallel to what he achieved in pre-season testing, where he achieved good results and presented impressive levels in his American tour, most notably a four-way victory over his London neighbor Chelsea.

Arteta hopes to benefit from the competence and experience of two players he previously worked with at Manchester City, as he seeks to build on the progress he made with Arsenal last season, where he finished fifth.

The young Arsenal team surrendered in the last games of last season, as it watched its arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur snatch fourth place in the English Premier League. Despite the beautiful football that Arsenal presented in some periods during the last season, there were some weaknesses in the team that Arteta moved to treat during the summer. With the success of the resounding deals, the signing of Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus and Ukrainian full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko for 75 million pounds revealed the true intentions of Arsenal in the new season.

And while champions City deemed this duo redundant, there is no doubt in the quality and experience the two players will add to Arsenal’s squad as they seek to return to the top-four.

After joining Arsenal, Jesus said: “I have 100 percent confidence in Arteta. I had a great time with him before. He has a great personality and is a very good coach. He helped me a lot.”

Zinchenko was also an unknown soldier in Seti, would add flexibility on the left side and, like Jesus, has a victorious mentality.

Among Arteta’s other summer deals, Fabio Vieira from Porto, who can play more than one role in the midfield.

Klopp renewed Liverpool’s attacking power and opened the season with the Super Cup (Reuters)

For his part, Crystal Plus, under the leadership of its French coach Patrick Vieira, who played alongside Arteta previously at Arsenal, presents good levels and exciting offers despite the team’s limited financial capabilities.

Crystal Palace recently announced the strengthening of its ranks with international defender Chris Richards, 22, from Bayern Munich, for an initial 8.5 million pounds ($10.33 million). “I am very excited about the club’s project and the plans of Patrick Vieira, who I saw at the club here attracted me,” Richards told Palace. There are a lot of young fighting players. Palace is a team that always fights.

The defending champion Manchester City is facing a difficult test against West Ham in the English capital, where striker Halland will be the focus of attention. Manchester City also supported its ranks with international defensive midfielder Calvin Phillips and promising Argentine striker Julian Alvarez, but Haaland’s transfer deal from Borussia Dortmund to the English champion was the most prominent in the league.

The arrival of the giant Norwegian is expected to enhance the strength of Manchester City, who have won the English Premier League title four times in the last five years. However, City and Halland’s season did not achieve the desired start, losing to Liverpool 1-3 last Saturday in the traditional Community Shield match.

On the other hand, West Ham was close to depriving City of the title last season when it advanced 2-0 at the end of the first half in the penultimate stage, before the northern team grabbed a valuable point that was the difference between it and Liverpool in deciding the title.

West Ham, who achieved remarkable results last season and competed strongly for the top four places for most of the season before falling in the last few meters to seventh place, strengthened their ranks by signing promising Italian striker Gianluca Scamaca to ease the burden on striker Michael Antonio.

City coach Pep Guardiola said: “We are aware of the standards (in the Premier League) and we will reach them as soon as possible and maintain what we achieved previously. I don’t feel that we are far from that, but the first two games against West Ham and Bournemouth will determine our level and what we have to do.”

On the other hand, Liverpool will visit Fulham, who is back in the Premier League, after one season in the first division.

And German coach Jurgen Klopp’s battalion began the season by sending a message to Manchester City that it is ready to grab the title this season, through a logical 3-1 victory in the Community Shield.

And if Liverpool, which includes Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, lost the efforts of its Senegalese striker, Sadio Mane, the best player in Africa this year, and who moved to Bayern Munich, in return, it included the Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez, who starred in the ranks of Benfica in the last two seasons, scoring 32 goals in 57 games. .

Nunez opened his score in the ranks of Liverpool remarkably when he scored a quartet against Leipzig in a friendly match that ended in favor of his team 5-0, before scoring a 3-1 reassuring goal against City in the Charity Shield.

Today’s program includes a strong meeting between the renewed Tottenham, led by Italian coach Antonio Conte, with Southampton, while Newcastle United hosts the newcomer to the Premier League, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United plays with Wolverhampton, and Bournemouth plays with Aston Villa.

And Chelsea, the third last season, is a guest of Everton in a match that brings together two teams that have many reasons to be afraid of the new season. Things did not go as desired by the new owner of Chelsea, American businessman Todd Bohley, in the transfer market, where his German coach, Thomas Tuchel, complained about the exhausting program of his team on his American tour, as he fell strongly against his London neighbor Arsenal with a clean four, and from not completing major deals so far, which makes His team is “not ready,” he says.

Chelsea lost the efforts of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who returned to his ranks early this season without being effective in front of goal, so he loaned him to his former team, Inter. Tuchel also does not trust fellow striker Timo Werner and may also abandon him to his former team, Leipzig, in light of press reports indicating the possibility of contracting with Gabonese Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chelsea have so far received the services of English international winger Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, and Senegalese defense magnate Kalidou Coulibaly from Naples.

As for Everton, supervised by former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, it will start the season without Brazilian striker Richarlison, who has moved to Tottenham, while his other striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, is also reported to be out for five weeks due to injury.

Everton suffered a lot last season to stay among the elite clubs, ending the season in 16th place.

And the new Manchester United coach, Dutchman Eric Ten Hag, plays a revenge opening match when he welcomes Brighton on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Manchester United had a resounding four-way fall against Brighton at the end of the English Premier League in a very bad season for the Red Devils, content with sixth place that qualifies it to participate in the European League (Europa League).

However, Ten Hag’s task will not be easy, compounded by the difficulties he faces in obtaining the services of Barcelona midfielder Frankie de Jong, in addition to the desire of the Portuguese team star Cristiano Ronaldo to leave, hoping to join a team that participates in the Champions League. Ronaldo recently attended United training, and Ten Hag still believes that the Portuguese star is able to harmonize with his style of play, but on condition that the historical scorer regains his physical fitness to ensure entry into the squad.

Ronaldo missed United’s pre-season trip in Thailand and Australia, and did not participate in a friendly match in which his team lost against Atletico Madrid, but he participated in 45 minutes during United’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano of Spain last Sunday.

“Ronaldo is a great player,” Ten Hag said. It has been proven many times. But judging a person depends on his current level, what he currently represents, and what he currently offers.”

The transfer of solid Argentine defender Martinez is a good omen for Manchester United, who suffered a lot defensively last season, despite the presence of heavy-caliber defenders such as the French Raphael Varane, the world champion in 2018, and captain Harry Maguire, who faced strong criticism last season. But the biography of the Argentine international defender, who is called the “Butcher”, does not include much, as he played in the ranks of his former club Ajax Amsterdam 20 matches in the Champions League over three seasons, most of them in the group stage, without his team achieving any victory against the teams ranked in Europe’s top 16 places. Martinez is not very tall to occupy the center back position (175 cm) but he makes up for it with his good positioning and good reading on the field.

Sunday also plays Leicester City with Brentford.

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