PREMIER LEAGUE: Top 5 teams' strenghts & weaknesses



These teams are again expected to challenge for honours in the new season, but what are their strengths and weaknesses?These teams are again expected to challenge for honours in the new season, but what are their strengths and weaknesses?

The 2017/18 Premier League season starts tonight at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal host Leicester City.

It is a game that heralds a much-anticipated season, with fans all over the world excited at the return of the Premier League.

But as always, some fans will not be as excited at the end of the season because their teams will fall short, while some others will be more excited because their teams would either meet or surpass expectations.

And it is on that, that we take a look at England’s five biggest clubs – their strengths and weaknesses – going into the new season.


Strength: Probably the variety of options in attacking midfield. The anchoring position remains a little problematic, with nobody really sure whether Francis Coquelin is quite good enough to fill it, but further forward the range is deep and useful.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are the headliners, but Arsene Wenger can deploy any of Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to contrasting effect, with Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey also capable of moonlighting in similar areas. The emergence of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson is also intriguing, although probably not quite relevant to the season ahead.

Weakness: Defensive stability. Arsenal’s pre-season has been full of experimentation. As recently as the Emirates Cup at the end of July, Arsene Wenger was still trialing a back-three system which employed Mohamed Elneny at its centre. It looked fashionable, it proved that Wenger is open to change, but it didn’t necessarily work. Shkodran Mustafi is still unavailable, so that perhaps confuses the issue, but the lack of a definitive pairing (or trio) so close to the season is a worry.

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