There has been loads of reaction from the first week of the season. Here’s my take…
- Don’t be drawn in by the opening Premier League fixture of the season. It was a match which papered over the cracks for Arsene Wenger because of the dramatic comeback. My prediction is that Leicester will finish above Arsenal in the league table – Leicester at times looked back to their Premier League-winning best of two years ago… Arsenal have that soft underbelly that at least 6 other teams in this division will exploit. The Gunners have not fixed a porous defence, so their hope is that – like last night – they will score more goals than the opposition. Leicester under Craig Shakespeare showed signs that they will get much better. Harry McGuire looks an England player in waiting and Jamie Vardy is hungry again. This match at The Emirates was another great advert for Premier League football around the world, but do not let it pull the wool over the eyes of Arsenal fans – remember how you felt with ten minutes to go? And Foxes fans should be very encouraged, despite a tough set of fixtures against last season’s top six.
- Everyone said the two Manchester clubs would dominate last season, but I think Pep and Jose have worked things out much better this term. Pep has the marauding full back pace he craves to complement City’s creative force ahead, and Lukaku will clearly give United a cutting edge if he stays fit. If United were to turn those draws of last season into wins they will be heading for 80 points plus. Still, I give City the title at this ridiculously early stage. Jesus and Aguero look an irresistible force.
- Don’t write off Tottenham because they’re at Wembley. I’ve spoken to so many Spurs fans who say a top 4 spot would suit them fine this season but Mauricio Pochettino will be far more ambitious. They could yet mount a title bid, although the back up squad is probably not strong enough if they suffer injuries. Kane, Alli, and the central defenders are crucial to their chances but if they stay fit, who knows? It was a great start at noisy Newcastle, and I suspect the Wembley hoodoo has been worked out of their system and the stadium will suit them more than visitors this season.