I’m making no predictions, but I figure Arsenal has as good a chance of winning it as anybody. It looks to be wide open again this year (although I agree with Ranieri that there’s probably more chance of aliens landing in London than of Leicester winning it again – but then I’m a dedicated Doctor Who fanatic, so aliens landing in London seems a common occurrence to me).
The Usual Suspects (United, City and Chelsea) have all bought some good players, but I’m not convinced they’ve filled all the holes they need to fill. Each still has some weak points. Plus, it may take some time for the new managers to settle into their clubs and get used to the players (and vice versa). Personally, I’m an admirer of Conte and I’ll be interested in seeing how he adapts his system to the English game. I expect Liverpool to be up there too, although I’m not sure their defense will be good enough. But I’ve always loved Klopp. Mourinho can go to Hell. I wish there were a chance in Hell that he could get United relegated (then again, he did his best at Chelsea last year, didn’t he?).
As for Arsenal, if they can sign Mustafi or some other good center back, I think they’ll have as good a defense as anybody, especially with Xhaka bringing that steel to the midfield that’s been missing for awhile. He should give Ramsey or Cazorla or whoever he’s partnering the security to go forward. And I wonder if Wenger will pair Xhaka and Elneny (who has a fan in me) against certain teams? Arsenal’s midfield is really second to none in England. Another striker would be nice as well. That world class galactico that everyone wants would be great, but just an alternative to Giroud to bring something a little different will be fine. If not, I think there’s enough there if everyone can stay reasonably healthy (which is always the big setback, it seems).
Anyway, I’m looking forward to it.