My 21/22 Premier League preview!
I will be bringing you a series of articles covering each of the 20 premier league teams in a “21/22 Premier League preview”. I will be giving my opinions on where teams currently stand and how I think they will fare in the upcoming season. Discussing coaches, transfers, and more.
So without further a due, let’s get to it!
A real tough one to start us off. I don’t envy Arsenal fans right now put it this way. A team that has seriously fallen from grace over the last decade and more. The lack of investment in the club stretches back a long way and that has been the major cause of this massive decline. Even though Arsene Wenger proved he was working miracles to get Arsenal top 4 every year towards the end of his reign, it was going to be a tough transition period for the next manager of the club. Following Unai Emery’s supposedly disastrous reign, Mikel Arteta is now in the hot seat.
Having won the FA Cup in his first season, it was expected that he would be able to kick on and move the Gunners back up the table. But it wasn’t to be, they regressed. The club has splashed out £50 million on former Brighton centre-back Ben White. Nuno Tavares has come in for an undisclosed fee, so has young centre midfielder Albert Lokonga from Anderlecht for a fee of £15 million pounds. Will these signings be enough to elevate Arsenal into the top 4 places again? I highly doubt it.
Prediction – WIth no European fixture pile up to worry about, I expect Arsenal to make the top 7 this season.
With what I think is the impending sale of captain Jack Grealish, this will be a hard one to call. Everything good that Villa were doing last season was coming from him. An exceptional player. I really hope he doesn’t go to Manchester City, but for £100 million and Grealish to be given what I can imagine a massive wage rise, it feels inevitable to me.
When Grealish got injured for a majority of the tail end of the season last year, Villa looked a bit lost and struggled for ideas on how to create chances. The club have bought in Emiliano Buendia from Norwich, a man who knows how to create chances for sure and have recently agreed a fee for Bayer Leverkusen wide man Leon Bailey, which could be another great bit of business.
Prediction – I think it will be a similar tale to last year for Villa. Even with Grealish going, they will have enough about them to finish around the 9th-11th mark.
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They finally made it. Having been playoff nearly men the last few seasons, they have finally reached the promised land. One thing I have admired the most about Brentford is how they have managed to replace goalscorer after goalscorer leaving them and somehow found better goalscorers each time! Neal Maupay scored 25 goals in the championship before moving on to Brighton, they replaced him with Ollie Watkins who scored 26 goals in his final championship season before moving to Aston Villa, and now they have Ivan Toney who scored 33 goals last year to fire the club to the premier league. Astonishing business!
However, I feel Brentfords joy in the premier league will be short-lived. Although playing an expansive style of play under German coach Thomas Frank, I don’t think the bees will have enough to avoid relegation.
Prediction – Bottom 3 for the Bees.
Not sure if Brighton were unlucky last year in front of goal or if the players in front of goal are not good enough? It seemed to me that every time I watched them play they could have scored 2 or 3 easy. However, they would end up losing the game! Bizarre!
I enjoy Graham Potter’s style of play. And as mentioned above, they play enough good football to manufacture chances, they just need to find the net. With the loss of Ben White to Arsenal in the heart of the defence, it will be interesting to see how Potter strengthens his squad. Holding onto Yves Bissouma in the middle of the park is a must as well if they want to survive another year in the league.
Prediction – Brighton to narrowly avoid relegation.
That’s the end of part 1. Keep an eye out for parts 2-5 coming over the next 7 days!
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