Barclays Premier League Preview: AFC Bournemouth
Manager: Eddie Howe
Stadium: Vitality Stadium (Capacity: 11.469)
Captain: Simon Francis
Top Scorer: Joshua King (6)
Biggest Signing: Jordon Ibe (£15.3 million)
Last Season: 16th
Bournemouth did a good job last season avoiding the drop under the stewardship of a capable Eddie Howe.
Eddie Howe, Bournemouth manager.
They have lost two key players in the figure of skipper Tommy Elphick and Scottish international Matt Ritchie who move to the relegated Aston Villa and Newcastle United respectively.
The return of both Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings from injury does help bolster options in attack and defence.
Home games will be key if the south coast club are to survive another season in England’s top flight. Teams did have the odd slip up last season and there are sure to be a few more this season.
Teams now know what Bournemouth are capable of and should be wary of a squad with some exciting, young talent that has been brought in.
Jordon Ibe (Liverpool, £15.3 million)
Lewis Cook (Leeds United, £5.95 million)
Lys Mousset (Le Havre, £5.5 3 million)
Nathan Aké (Chelsea, Loan)
Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United, £10.2 million)
Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa, £3.32 million)
Lee Tomlin (Bristol City, £2.98 million)
Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen, Free)
Josh Wakefield (Released)
Stéphane Zubar (Released)
Sylvain Distin (Released)
Josh Carmichael (Relased)
Bournemouth look to have most of their transfer dealings done, a goalkeeper is on the radar but no solid rumours have emerged over the summer.
My Bournemouth XI (4-4-2): 1 A.Boruc; 15 A.Smith, 2 S.Francis (Captain), 3 S.Cook 11 C.Daniels; NA J.Ibe, NA L.Cook 8 H.Arter 10 M.Gradel; 17 J.King 13 C.Wilson
Barclays Premier League Preview: Arsenal
Manager: Arsene Wenger
Stadium: Emirates Stadium (Capacity: 60,260)
Captain: Laurent Koscielny
Top Scorer: Olivier Giroud (16)
Biggest Signing: Granit Xhaka (£38.25 million)
Last Season: 2nd
Prediction: Europa League
Arsenal may have had their golden chance last season for Wenger to break his duck as all title contenders faded away however Arsenal choked.
The tag of serial chokers is one that the Gunners are keen to shake off as they gear up to once again try to launch an assault on the league and try and end the drought.
Wenger has his critics and he knows that only a trophy, and a major one at that can paper over the appearing cracks for the Frenchman.
Xhaka joins after a good season in the Bundesliga.
A few solid signings have been made and it looks as though more could be made over the coming days. Gonzalo Higuain, Julian Draxler, Alexandre Lacazette and Rob Holding.
Higuain looks set to be the most likely of the deals should Arsenal pay the required fee for the striker who became a target after the north London club missed out on Spain and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach, £35 million)
Takuma Asano (Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Undisclosed)
Arteta’s successful career is at an end.
Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United, Undisclosed)
Tomas Rosicky (Released)
Mathieu Flamini (Released)
Mikel Arteta (Retired)
With it looking like there could be a deal done for Giroud to leave and Higuain to join transfer business is not over for Arsenal but most of their summer dealings are now complete.
My Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): 33 P.Cech; 18 N.Monreal, 6 L.Koscielny (Captain), 21 C.Chambers, 24 H.Bellerin; 29 G.Xhaka, 34 F.Coquelin; 11 M.Ozil 16 A.Ramsey 7 A.Sanchez; 23 D.Welbeck
Barclays Premier League Preview: Burnley
Manager: Sean Dyche
Stadium: Turf Moor (Capacity: 21,401)
Captain: Tom Heaton
Top Scorer: Andre Gray (23)
Biggest Signing: Not Applicable
Last Season: Champions (Championship)
Burnley have bounced back to the Premier League and as seasons past have shown us they have Premier League know how.
Turf Moor is a terrific ground and they will play an attractive brand of football, they have some pedigree in their ranks as well names such as Sam Vokes and Tom Heaton look to be the stars this season.
Sam Vokes had a good Euro’s.
Last season they had a long, tough ride in the Championship but emerged victorious it will take a lot of hard work to make themselves consistent top flight performers but they should be confident coming into the season.
No real names entering the club alludes to us that business is not finalised by the club as they look to sign some names to consolidate a place in England’s top flight.
A few departures do not look like harming the newly promoted side.
Joey Barton (Rangers, Free)
Matt Gilks (Rangers, Free)
Matt Taylor (Released)
Lloyd Dyer (Released)
Michael Duff (Released)
Duff could be a loss and losing as many caps as a player of the calibre of Barton could be a hindrance but it is much the same squad that won the Championship last year.
My Burnley XI (4-4-1-1): 1 T.Heaton; 2 M.Lowton, 5 M.Keane 6 B.Mee 23 T.Darikwa; 11 M.Kightly 37 S.Arfeld 8 D.Marney 21 G.Boyd; 9 S.Vokes; 7 A,Gray