Premier League news: Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Coutinho, Lukaku

WITH the new Premier League season kicking off this weekend, we
look at 10 questions ahead of the new campaign:

Will Conte avoid second-season slump?

Just three months after lifting the Premier League trophy,
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has described the new season as
the most “difficult” test of his career.

In the past two seasons, Chelsea and Leicester City have both
sacked their managers less than a year after winning the title.

Conte has spent over £100 million ($130 million, 110.8 million
euros) on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger
to avoid becoming the third axed champion.

Can Wenger salve old wounds?

Despite ending last season on a high thanks to their FA Cup
triumph against Chelsea, divisions still run deep at Arsenal
over Arsene Wenger’s lack of success in the Premier League and
Europe over the last 13 years.

Out of the Champions League for the first time in 20 years,
Arsenal must make a fast start and avoid their usual winter
swoon to keep the natives from becoming even more restless.

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Has Guardiola learnt English lessons?

Unable to replicate his dominance with Barcelona and Bayern
Munich, Pep Guardiola admitted his trophyless first season with
Manchester City had been a learning experience.

Spending over £200 million on six new players, including
Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker and Monaco duo Benjamin Mendy
and Bernardo Silva, puts Guardiola in position to mount a
stronger challenge this time.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Manchester City manager Pep
Guardiola.
Source:
AP

Will Mourinho deliver?

Jose Mourinho’s first season at Manchester United was a
qualified success, with a disappointing sixth-place finish in
the Premier League offset by Europa League and League Cup
silverware.

Not content with that, Mourinho has spent over £140 million on
Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof in a bid to
win United’s first league title since 2013.

Can Spurs make final step?

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has assembled a side
capable of holding their own against anyone, but for two years
in a row they have fallen short in the title race.

Having finished seven points behind Chelsea, Spurs have yet to
make a single signing, while Walker’s sale to City and a season
playing their home games at Wembley adds to Pochettino’s
problems.

Will Liverpool click for Klopp?

After a fourth-place finish last season, Liverpool manager
Jurgen Klopp splashed out a club-record £43.9 million on Roma
winger Mohamed Salah, boosting a squad already brimming with
potential.

But with Barcelona chasing star man Philippe Coutinho, winning
Liverpool’s first title since 1990 would be a remarkable
achievement for Klopp.

Can Lukaku justify his price-tag?

Spurning interest from his former club Chelsea, Lukaku opted to
join Manchester United in a £75 million deal that was a record
for a transfer between British clubs.

Lukaku has scored 85 Premier League goals in the past five
seasons and the 24-year-old Belgian’s ability to replace Zlatan
Ibrahimovic will be key to United’s title aspirations.

How high can Everton go?

Encouraged by Everton’s seventh-place finish last season,
manager Ronald Koeman has gone for broke in a bid to crack the
top four.

Using the money from Lukaku’s sale, he has brought former
Toffees star Wayne Rooney back home, while spending over £90
million on Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford
among others.

Everton's Wayne Rooney.Everton’s Wayne Rooney.Source:
AP

Can Lacazette carry Arsenal hopes?

With the future of unsettled Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez
still up in the air, France striker Alexandre Lacazette arrives
as the long-term face of Arsenal’s attack after his club-record
switch from Lyon.

Lacazette hit 37 goals in 45 games last season and Wenger
desperately needs the 26-year-old to emulate that form.

What next for Leicester?

It seems a lot longer than 15 months since Leicester City’s
fairytale title win in 2016.

A dismal title defence and the shock sacking of Claudio Ranieri
raised questions about the players’ character, but a run to the
Champions League quarter-finals under Craig Shakespeare augured
well.

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