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Key questions about Arsenal and other big clubs at the start of the season

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The Premier League has resumed its matches after a two-week international break, and fans have plenty to discuss after the season’s opening encounters. It could be argued that everything is going as predicted, as title favorites Manchester City top the league table, while newcomers Burnley and Luton Town occupy the bottom two spots.

However, we decided to delve a bit deeper into the analysis. We have formed a question each about Arsenal and all other English football giants.

 

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Can Arsenal contend for the title again?

Mikel Arteta’s team is just two points behind and is keen to make up for the disappointing end to the last season, where they squandered an eight-point lead just a few weeks before the finish. But there’s a certain risk: sometimes Arsenal appears overly motivated, playing with such intensity that one might begin to wonder if they’ll exhaust themselves by the end of the season.

There are other concerns: Will Arteta, who frequently rotates his squad, overcomplicate things? Is Kai Havertz a weak link in the team? Most importantly, Arsenal will need to show more than they have to stay on top.

Can anyone dethrone Manchester City?

Most likely, no. City has already secured five wins at the start of the season, and Erling Haaland is the league’s top scorer. Surprisingly, they haven’t even showcased their best football yet.

Perhaps the departures of Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan from last season – who moved to Saudi club Al-Ahli and Barcelona respectively – and Kevin De Bruyne’s injury might play a role. But Pep Guardiola’s team still looks far stronger than any other league club.

Is it a real resurgence for Liverpool?

It’s too early to conclude, but the fact that Mohamed Salah did not leave the club and move to Saudi Arabia only boosts confidence in their success after an unbeaten start to the season. Their remarkable win against Newcastle, where they managed to score two late goals from Darwin Nunez after being a goal down, speaks volumes about their spirit and will to win. Liverpool’s commanding 3:0 victory over a dangerous Aston Villa was also a true display of strength.

Questions remain about their defense, but for now, Liverpool is handling that issue. With a new midfield (Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo) and a plethora of attacking players, manager Jürgen Klopp can believe that his team can capitalize on any slip-ups from Manchester City.

Can Tottenham continue to shock this season?

Spurs’ start to the season has been exceptionally successful. It seems that the new coach, Ange Postecoglou, has already become a cult figure among Tottenham fans, who grew tired of the drab football under the leadership of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. Even without star Harry Kane, who moved to Bayern Munich this summer, they have scored aplenty.

James Maddison adds creativity to the team, and Son Heung-Min’s hat-trick against Burnley might be a catalyst for a return to the glory days. However, Spurs will need to find a worthy replacement for Kane in January to continue their trophy hunt. It will be interesting to see if their new style of play, already dubbed “Ange-ball,” can withstand tougher challenges.

What’s wrong with Manchester United?

There are many problems. For unknown reasons, they began the season without the necessary zeal, and issues with Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, and Anthony only worsened the situation at Old Trafford. A home defeat against Brighton further dented the team’s morale. Sofyan Amrabat, on loan from Fiorentina, is expected to bring stability to the midfield. Manchester United had a poor start last season but finished in the top four; however, this time around, it seems more challenging.

Can Chelsea get back in the race for the top spots?

The changes at Chelsea now resemble the movement at Heathrow Airport. Amid all the transfer upheavals, new coach Mauricio Pochettino is trying to forge a team and playing strategy. There have been some positives, but a home defeat to Nottingham Forest showed that Chelsea is still in a transitional phase.

The key is the return of team captain Reece James. With his involvement and Ben Chilwell on the wings, they could form a potent attacking lineup. Perhaps it will take until the New Year for all the team components to start working harmoniously together.

Hello there, Am Mumbere Ausbel from Uganda and I am a writer at Arsenal True Fans and I love watching football matches so much because it's my favourite sport. I am an optimistic person who usually likes to look at the good side of everything.

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