The dust of the 2022-23 Premier League season is barely settled and it’s too early for predictions of what we will see next season. Manchester City were crowned as PL champions for third successive time while Liverpool City’s closet rival in the recent times finished outside top-four for the first time in seven seasons.
The 2022-23 PL season was Arsenal first title charge since Arsene Wenger era and having led the league for most part of the season, it was Arsenal’s best chance to claim the English top-flight in over two decades. While Manchester City are the clear front-runners for a top-four finish in the upcoming season, Liverpool simply need to rediscover their consistency and find a way to bridge the gap despite finishing outside top-four last season.
The idea of big-six is coming to an end as Chelsea and Tottenham have each failed to qualify for Europe next season, while teams like Newcastle, Brighton and Aston Villa has shown significant promise and surged into the limelight. With City unlikely to fade away, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham possesses the capacity to bounce back after miserable seasons. Also read: The Stunning XI Players that Set the Premier League 2022/23 Season Ablaze
One of the takeaways from last PL season would be that of Mancheter United’s, Erik Ten Hag has made some bold moves and started the rebuild process at Old Trafford, the Red Devils finished third in the Premier League and capped the Carabao Cup. United fans around the world will be expecting the long running takeover saga to be resolved quickly as possible. With internal issues resolved and change of approach United will surely thrive under Erik Ten Hag and will be a prime contender for a top-four finish next season. Also read:Manchester United seals Champions League spot: Liverpool’s hope shattered.
As Premier League provides so much drama every season as every there is a surprise team/ dark horse to surge into the limelight, West Ham United has qualified for the Europa League as they celebrate their first trophy since 1980 following their Conference League win, they have a huge fan base and stability within the club to challenge for a top-four finish.
Newcastle United has qualified for the UEFA Champions League after finishing inside top-four for the first time since 2003-04 season, and they should remain in the race for top-four as the club is backed by rich Saudi owners and has players that can lift them for a potential top-four finish.
Unai Emery has been a revelation at Aston Villa, they are a team on the rise under the Spanish manager. Aston Villa has gathered more points in 2023 than any other team barring Manchester City, having finished at seventh they could be a potential contender for top-four next season.
On the other hand despite guaranteeing themselves to European football for the first time in their history, they lost their main orchestrator Alexis Mac Allister and are likely to lose Moises Caicedo. Brighton finished just below Liverpool in the points table and will be considered as best among the rest. Also read:Manchester City treble: How Pep Guardiola mastered City’s treble charge.
Can Arsenal finish top-four?
Scars from the 2022-23 PL season would still be around for the Gunners as it was their best chance of claiming the English top-flight, Mikel Arteta’s men led the league for most of the season yet a 4-1 battering at the Etihad by Manchester City did changed the narrative of the season.
Arsenal’s defence from the last season has been top notch. They have a talented group of players both young and experienced led by Brazilian Willaim Saliba. With prolific players in the front line as well as in their midfield, they have a strong counter attacking option with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli on the flanks and Gabriel Jesus at the centre of the forward line and Martin Odegaard orchestrating from the midfield.
One of the key drawbacks from the previous Premier League season was their bench strength, the addition of Kai Havertz into the forward line is likely to be a success as he could pair up with Gabriel Jesus upfront, they are heavily linked with midfielder Declan Rice whose addition would tremendous boost to the midfield as their reliable Granit Xhaka has already left the club.
The glory days are long gone and Arsenal is no more what it used to be, yet the young Arsenal squad has thrived under Arteta and will need to overcome the psychological blow of throwing away the title and comeback stronger.
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