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Wolexis Premier League Preview: AFC Bournemouth, Arsenal, Brighton, Burnley and Chelsea

The Premier League kicks off in less than 5 days and everyone seems excited to get on with the new season. The league welcomes newcomers B…

The Premier League kicks off in less than 5 days and everyone seems excited to get on with the new season. The league welcomes newcomers Brighton and Huddersfield who would be competing in the Premier League for the first time in their histories.

Rafa Benitez is back to the Premier League having led Newcastle United to top flight football once again.

Everyday till the sound of the opening whistle, we shall be reviewing five teams per day as the league gets to kick off.

AFC Bournemouth (Last Season Finish 9th)
Bournemouth would be looking to build upon their surprise success in the Premier League with their last season’s ninth position finish. 

The Cherries have improved their squad both upfront and at the back by adding Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake to shore up their defense while adding Jermain Defoe on a free. Mid-table rivals have made managerial changes so it is expected that the boys enjoy the benefit of Eddie Howe’s continuity.

Arsenal (Last Season Finish- 5th)
Arsenal would be dealing with the loss of Champions League football for the first time in 20 years and would have to turn their attention to the Europa League as the easiest route into Europe’s top flight competition.

The Gunners have signed Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and are still in the market for two more signings. There is still much talk about if star player Alexis Sanchez would be wearing the Arsenal jersey come the beginning of the season. Arsenal are starting on a high after their latest Community Shield win over Chelsea but don’t seem to have the quality depth to deal with the rigors of Thursday night football.

Brighton (Last Season Finish- Championship)
Premier League’s new boys. It is always nice to see a breath of fresh air in the league especially with new stadiums and branding.

Can’t say much for the Seagulls, but it looks very unlikely they would be surviving the drop this season. The squad clearly lacks quality in its ranks. And hey, welcome back Chris Hughton!

Burnley (Last Season Finish- 16th)
The Clarets would have to rely on their home duels to keep them up once again only this time would it be harder with the loss of key defender Michael Keane. From the start of February onwards, Sean Dyche’s team took only 11 points from 15 matches. 

Burnley have gone on to sign players with Premier League experience that shows they are ready for the relegation dogfight but it looks highly optimistic to expect them to be far from the relegation battles.

Chelsea (Last Season Finish- 1st)
Chelsea look a bit off and while they do not lack depth or quality as many seem to be announcing, the Blues just look a mile off from taking the league by storm again. Against Arsenal, they looked quite dull and were hardly creating chances. It was glaring to see that a Kante-Fabregas partnership at the base is not even ideal. 

The Blues have made some key signings but I have deep concerns as to the club placing the burden of their goal scoring on Alvaro Morata, the power tussle between Michael Emenalo and Antonio Conte, and their ability to hit the season running without key players like Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, and Nemanja Matic.