Arsenal, expectation and the problem of being last season champions

In today's Fiver: Amazon video sensation Mikel Arteta, Chelsea [email protected] and, yes, the Premier League is back

USA About: Arsenal Publish: Last Saturday at 2:19 AM Edit: Last Saturday at 2:19 AM Author: Gardener

last seasonThe best league in the world who says it's the best league in the world returns to our orbit on Friday night and The Fiver is ready. We've rounded up the essentials - tin hat, tin - and will forego the not inconsiderable treat of George Clarke's Remarkable Renovations on 4Seven so we can watch Crystal Palace v Arsenal. There was a remarkable renovation - pick that transition - at Arsenal. According to our perky and occasionally decipherable nephew #5r, they've already won preseason. We think he's referring to the bargain buys of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, although he also swears by Fábio Vieira's Fifa odds. Arsenal are at the top of the Premier League form chart, or they would be if Bournemouth didn't insist on calling themselves AFC Bournemouth. Arsenal have won six of their seven pre-season games, scoring 26 goals - convincing evidence that The Fiver has lost the plot and are now seemingly using friendship scores as a guide to what will happen when the real thing begins. Arsenal have the most exciting young squad in the league and their likely XI at Palace includes just two players over the age of 25. No wonder their fans dare to dream that if all goes according to plan, this could finally be the year they play Reach the Promised Land in fourth place. "We're ready to go to another level," he said, revealing plans for Werner Herzog to direct season two of All or Nothing. "[The jump into the top 4] isn't going to get any easier, so we can just focus on what we're trying to do, what we can do, because we can't do everything at once, and we're confident that we can." we'll do it," he continued, while a confused Fiver searched frantically for an "Arteta" drop-down menu on Google Translate. This season is Arteta's best chance to refute the perception that he's a top-notch coach trapped in David Brent's body. He is understandably delighted with the signing of Jesus and Zinchenko from Manchester City, a rare example of a team selling to their feeder club. "They've been inspired by top players, top pros and reckless winners for many years... and now it's their turn to do the same. We want them to inspire our younger players... and show them what it takes to win and how much detail, hunger and dedication it takes to keep winning.” They lost 13 league games last year, more than the most absurd Manchester United team for decades. One of those was against Palace, a 3-0 hit in April that fatally undermined their confidence. Friday night is a chance for Arsenal to show they are a different proposition now that they have found Jesus. Join Rob Smyth at 20:00 BST for up-to-the-minute live updates on Crystal Palace 3-3 Arsenal. Aug 3: "Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets tonight, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella" - Brighton release a statement insisting no deal has been struck with Chelsea for the left-back . Aug 5: 'Following reports from numerous media outlets this week we can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Brighton and Hove Albion to sign Marc Cucurella' - if this tweet confirming a £62m deal for Cucurella something is, maybe a [email protected] mocking tone will define Chelsea's Todd Boehly era. “Surely PSG would be the ideal club for Cristiano Ronaldo at this point? A club that allows him to leave work earlier each year, having usually completed the league in April and often ending his Big Cup campaign even earlier. A club representing the City of the Sun King; and a club where stars are stars and coaches are optional. "I know this doesn't fit The Fiver's narrative, but I have to object to Ed Taylor winning the letter of the day by unsubtly suggesting the Premier League has failed to attract new fans. I reckon Sky Sports is giving teams £5bn to provide television coverage for the same people who watched Division One in 1992” – Graham Haslam. “Big Website's analysis of Premier League teams' chances this season was interesting but wordy. The season can be dull but succinctly predicted as follows: Manchester City – winners; Liverpool – almost winners; Manchester Utd – underachievers; Arsenal – Arsenal; spores - spores; Chelsea - Focused on the Big Cup; Last season's runs - aiming to be this season's runs too; New boys - hoping not to be the old boys next season. All a bit obvious, but at least we've got a break this season while the top players sweat in a hot spot" - John Lawton. And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today's winner of our award letter of the day is...John Lawton. Martin Tyler has apologized after appearing to link the Hillsborough disaster to hooliganism. The Sky Sports commentator, speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today program about 30 years of Premier League, referred to "Hillsborough and other hooligan-related issues". He later apologized, saying: "There is no connection at all between the Hillsborough disaster and hooliganism - I know that and I did not imply there was." Charged at the end of the playoff semi-final against Sheffield United in May. Eddie Howe showed he can multi-task by inking his name all over a long-term Newcastle deal while warning fans FFP will put a brake on the club's spending. “If he stays it's perfect and if he has to go in the end it's because football is like that. the player has a desire,” he sighed. The Premier League is back - and our 10 things to watch out for on the blog, baby! The power of the Premier League could be tarnished by another season of change, says Barney Ronay. As David Hills looks at the new (and sometimes weird) things coming to the track in the upcoming top season. Our final two pre-season Premier League previews before it ceases to be pre-season feature Jacob Steinberg at West Ham and John Brewin leading the reign over Wolves. Eric Devin on the fascinating things to watch out for at Ligue Urrrrrrrrn's other 19 non-Qatar clubs this season. And if it's your thing... you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace.

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