Premier League club guide 2016/17
Published 22/07/2016 | 06:06
Manager: Arsene Wenger
Position last season: 2nd
Nickname: The Gunners
Ground: Emirates Stadium
Players In: Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach, £35million), Takuma Asano (Sanfrecce Hiroshima, undisclosed)
Players Out: Mikel Arteta (released), Tomas Rosicky (released), Mathieu Flamini (released), Isaac Hayden (Newcastle, undisclosed), Dan Crowley (Oxford, loan), Jon Toral (Granada, loan)
Key Man: Mesut Ozil
Chances: After another summer of limited transfer activity, Arsenal fans will again be left asking themselves if the squad has what it takes to mount a long-overdue sustained title challenge and not come up short once more in what could be Wenger's last season at the helm. With rivals all spending big, 2016/2017 will again test Wenger's resolve - not to mention the patience of Gunners' supporters.
Manager: Eddie Howe
Position last season: 16th
Nickname: The Cherries
Ground: Vitality Stadium
Players In: Jordon Ibe (Liverpool, £15million), Lewis Cook (Leeds, £10million), Lys Mousset (Le Havre, £5.4million), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham, compensation fee), Nathan Ake (Chelsea, loan)
Players Out: Matt Ritchie (Newcastle, £12million), Lee Tomlin (Bristol City, £3million), Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa, £3.6million), Glenn Murray (Brighton, loan), Sylvain Distin (released), Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen, free)
Key Man: Benik Afobe
Chances: The big question for the Cherries is can they avoid second-season syndrome after performing so well on their top-flight debut campaign? Howe's stock continues to rise, having been touted for the England job, and retaining the team work ethic will be key to more progress rather than slipping down into the relegation scrap.
Manager: Sean Dyche
Position last season: Promoted (Championship winners)
Nickname: The Clarets
Ground: Turf Moor
Players In: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic, £2.5million), Nick Pope (Charlton, £1.1million), Jamie Thomas (Bolton, free), Robbie Leitch (Motherwell, free), Jimmy Dunne (Man Utd, free)
Players Out: Joey Barton (Rangers, free), Matt Gilks (Rangers, free), Matt Taylor (released), Luke Conlan (Morecambe, free)
Key Man: Sam Vokes
Chances: Dyche will certainly be wiser for his experiences of the Clarets' last short-lived Premier League campaign, but whether or not he has the quality of players needed to make the step up from an impressive Championship promotion season remains to be seen. January transfer window will likely be crucial to help boost the squad.
Manager: Antonio Conte
Position last season: 10th
Nickname: The Blues
Ground: Stamford Bridge
Players In: Michy Batshuayi (Marseille, £33million), N'Golo Kante (Leicester, £32million)
Players Out: Nathan Ake (Bournemouth, loan), Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Charly Musonda (Real Betis, loan), Jeremie Boga (Granada, loan), Alex Kiwomya (Crewe, loan), Tomas Kalas (Fulham, loan), Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield, loan), John Swift (Reading, tribunal)
Key Man: Eden Hazard
Chances: New boss Conte knows he will need to hit the ground running to make sure there can be no repeat of last season's lacklustre displays. Getting the best out of current talent and an immediate impact from the new players will make-or-break Chelsea's campaign, which without the distraction of European football should have plenty of positives once again.
Manager: Alan Pardew
Position last season: 15th
Nickname: The Eagles
Ground: Selhurst Park
Players In: Andros Townsend (Newcastle, £13million), James Tomkins (West Ham, £10million), Steve Mandanda (Marseille, £1.5million)
Players Out: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle, £10million), Emmanuel Adebayor (released), Marouane Chamakh (released), Brede Hangeland (released), Adrian Mariappa (released)
Key Man: Yohan Cabaye
Chances: Pardew will be looking for a repeat of last season's impressive opening to a campaign which faded badly despite their run to the FA Cup final. Fail to start well this season, and there could be tough times ahead at Selhurst Park, but the squad is nevertheless strong enough to aim high.
Manager: Ronald Koeman
Position last season: 11th
Nickname: The Toffees
Ground: Goodison Park
Players In: Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham, undisclosed), Bassala Sambou (Coventry, compensation fee), Chris Renshaw (Oldham, undisclosed)
Players Out: Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids, free), Leon Osman (released), Tony Hibbert (released), Steven Pienaar (released)
Key Man: Romelu Lukaku
Chances: Toffees fans will be hoping new boss Koeman can inject some fresh life into a team which again under-performed with last season's mid-table finish. The pressure, though, will be on the Dutchman to prove his achievements and club progression at Southampton were no fluke.
Manager: Steve Bruce
Position last season: Promoted (via Championship play-offs)
Nickname: The Tigers
Ground: KCOM Stadium
Players In: Will Mannion (AFC Wimbledon, compensation fee), Jonathan Edwards (Peterborough, free)
Players Out: Sone Aluko (released), Ryan Taylor (released)
Key Man: Tom Huddlestone
Chances: The Tigers bounced straight back following relegation, battling through the play-offs. Bruce will be determined to put right the shortcomings of two seasons ago, building from the back and aiming for mid-table security - while also no doubt keen to show the Football Association what it missed out on
Manager: Claudio Ranieri
Position last season: Champions
Nickname: The Foxes
Ground: KP Stadium
Players In: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, £16.6million), Nampalys Mendy (Nice, £13million), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover, £2.6million), Luis Hernandez (Sporting Gijon, free), Raul Uche Rubio (Valencia, undisclosed)
Players Out: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea, £32million), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim, £7.6million), Paul Konchesky (released), Mark Schwarzer (released), Joe Dodoo (Rangers, undisclosed)
Key Man: Riyad Mahrez
Chances: Just how the champions will build on last season's remarkable campaign is the 5,000/1 question. Most of the Foxes' key men remain on board, but they will now be a prized scalp rather than the plucky underdog. A debut Champions League campaign should bring some entertainment, as will Ranieri's press conferences.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
Position last season: 8th
Nickname: The Reds
Players In: Sadio Mane (Southampton, £30million), Loris Karius (Mainz, £4.7million), Joel Matip (Schalke, free), Ragnar Klavan (Augsburg, £5million)
Players Out: Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth, £15million), Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahce, £5million), Jerome Sinclair (Watford, £4million compensation), Sergi Canos (Norwich, £2.5million), Jordan Rossiter (Rangers, free), Joao Teixeira (Porto, free), Adam Bogdan (Wigan, loan), Kolo Toure (released), Jose Enrique (released)
Key Man: Roberto Firmino
Chances: This season will see just what Klopp's side are made of, the German now having settled into Anfield life and tackled a summer transfer window head on. Expect plenty more 'Gegenpressing' which should move the Reds up closer the top four, if still short of a serious title shot.
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Position last season: 4th
Ground: Etihad Stadium
Players In: Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund, £21million), Nolito (Celta Vigo, £14million), Oleksandr Zinchenko (FC Ufa, undisclosed)
Players Out: Martin Demichelis (released), Richard Wright (retired), Seko Fofana (Udinese, £3.8million)
Key Man: Sergio Aguero
Chances: New City boss Guardiola may have done the business in both Spain and Germany, but the hustle and bustle of the English top flight represents a whole new ball game. Still, as ever City's squad remains more than good enough to win the championship and also last the distance in Europe. No pressure then.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Position last season: 5th
Nickname: The Red Devils
Ground: Old Trafford
Players In: Eric Bailly (Villarreal, £30million), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund, £26.3million), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain, free)
Players Out: Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough, free), Nick Powell (released), Ashley Fletcher (West Ham, free), Jimmy Dunne (Burnley, free), Tyler Reid (Swansea, undisclosed)
Key Man: Wayne Rooney
Chances: United fans are hoping Mourinho will bring back some of the swagger which seemed lost under Louis van Gaal, on the pitch anyway. Mourinho was quick to spend big, but dealing with the ego of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and just where to play captain Wayne Rooney are two pressing concerns which if he gets right, could well end up with another trophy for the Special One.
Manager: Aitor Karanka
Position last season: Promoted (Championship runners-up)
Ground: Riverside Stadium
Players In: Marten De Roon (Atalanta, £12million), Viktor Fischer (Ajax, £3.8m), Bernardo Espinosa (Sporting Gijon, free), Jordan McGhee (Hearts, loan), Victor Valdes (Manchester United, free), Antonio Barragan (Valencia, undisclosed), Alvaro Negredo (Valencia, loan)
Players Out: Jonathan Woodgate (released), Damia Abella (released), Rhys Williams (Perth Glory, free)
Key Man: Alvaro Negredo
Chances: Boro have finally returned to the top flight under the steady guidance of Karanka, who at one stage last season looked to be on the way out of the club. The Spaniard, though, knows bigger tests await, and just how quickly his Championship winners - boosted by some decent summer acquisitions - step up a gear will be key to avoiding a long relegation scrap.
Manager: Claude Puel
Position last season: 6th
Nickname: The Saints
Ground: St Mary's Stadium
Players In: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Bayern Munich, (£12.8million), Nathan Redmond (Norwich, £11million)
Players Out: Sadio Mane (Liverpool, £30million), Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng, £13million), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham, £11million), Juanmi (Real Sociedad, £5million), Gaston Ramirez (released), Kelvin Davis (retired)
Key Man: Fraser Forster
Chances: The Saints continued their progression under Koeman and it remains to be seen just how new manager Puel can take things forwards. A Europa League campaign must not prove a distraction from securing another top-half finish.
Manager: Mark Hughes
Position last season: 9th
Nickname: The Potters
Ground: Bet365 Stadium
Players In: -
Players Out: Peter Odemwingie (released), Steve Sidwell (released), Alberto Paloschi (Atalanta, undisclosed)
Key Man: Xherdan Shaqiri
Chances: The continued stability provided by the steady hand of Hughes often goes overlooked, as does the Potters' stylish approach, boosted by the creativity of Swiss playmaker Shaqiri. Could have done with a few more fresh faces, but expect positive advancement - and an outside shot of breaking the top six.
Position last season: 17th
Nickname: The Black Cats
Ground: Stadium of Light
Players In: -
Players Out: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday, free), Emanuele Giaccherini (Napoli, £2million), Santiago Vergini (Boca Juniors, £1.5million), Danny Graham (Blackburn, free), Wes Brown (released), Steve Harper (released)
Key Man: Jermain Defoe
Chances: Sunderland were less than impressed by the timing of the Football Association's recruitment of soon-to-be England boss Sam Allardyce. The new man will have little time to make sure the squad get off to a good start, which will be crucial if the Black Cats are to build on the euphoric end to last season and avoid a drawn-out relegation scrap once again.
Manager: Francesco Guidolin
Position last season: 12th
Nickname: The Swans
Ground: Liberty Stadium
Players In: Leroy Fer (QPR, £4.75million), Mike van der Hoorn (Ajax, £2million), Tyler Reid (Manchester United, undisclosed), George Byers (Watford, free), Mark Birighetti (Newcaste Jets, free)
Players Out: Eder (Lille, £3.4million), Alberto Paloschi (Atalanta, undisclosed), Raheem Hanley (Northampton, free), Matthew Grimes (Leeds, loan), Kyle Bartley (Leeds, loan)
Key Man: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Chances: Some astute summer business should see the Swans steer clear of any trouble and start to look up the table once again, with a decent cup run a realistic target for the now established Welsh member of England's elite.
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Position last season: 3rd
Ground: White Hart Lane
Players In: Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar, £18.6million), Victor Wanyama (Southampton, £11million)
Players Out: Filip Lesniak (Slovan Liberec, loan)
Key Man: Harry Kane
Chances: So near yet so far last season for Spurs, who ended up below arch rivals Arsenal in third place. Pochettino believes his squad will return hungry from their bitter disappointment and some decent transfer deals should see Tottenham continue progress once again, even if the title might still be just out of reach as they experience Champions League football at Wembley.
Manager: Walter Mazzarri
Position last season: 13th
Nickname: The Hornets
Ground: Vicarage Road
Players In: Isaac Success (Granada, £12million), Christian Kabasele (Genk, £5.8million), Jerome Sinclair (Liverpool, £4million compensation), Juan Camilo Zuniga (Napoli, loan), Brice Dja Djedie (Marseille, £4million)
Players Out: Jose Manuel Jurado (Espanyol, £2.1million), Joel Ekstrand (released), Josh Doherty (Leyton Orient, free), George Byers (Swansea, free), Gabriele Angella (Udinese, undisclosed)
Key Man: Troy Deeney
Chances: Watford appear well set up to go on and establish themselves in the Premier League, having fended off interest in striker Troy Deeney from champions Leicester while also spending soundly. However, the jury remains out on just how new manager Mazzarri will find life in England. Hornets fans will hope the Italian former Napoli and Inter boss proves a quick learner.
Manager: Tony Pulis
Position last season: 14th
Nickname: The Baggies
Ground: The Hawthorns
Players In: Matty Phillips (QPR, £5.5million)
Players Out: Stephane Sessegnon (released), Victor Anichebe (released), Anders Lindegaard (Preston, free)
Key Man: Saido Berahino
Chances: There are some rumblings of discontent at The Hawthorns over the direction of the club under Pulis, which before he arrived looked heading only one way. Baggies fans should expect more of the same again next season, the team doing just what it says on the tin, and be careful what they wish for if mid-table security is just not enough to placate the masses.
Manager: Slaven Bilic
Position last season: 7th
Nickname: The Hammers
Ground: Olympic Stadium
Players In: Manuel Lanzini (Al Jazira Club, £9.4million), Toni Martinez (Valencia, £2.4million), Havard Nordtveit (Borussia Monchengladbach, free), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia, free), Gokhan Tore (Besiktas, loan), Ashley Fletcher (Manchester United, free)
Players Out: James Tomkins (Crystal Palace, £10million), Stephen Hendrie (Blackburn, loan), Joey O'Brien (released), Elliott Lee (Barnsley, undisclosed)
Key Man: Dimitri Payet
Chances: West Ham will start life after Upton Park full of genuine hope the east London club can build on their expanding fanbase at the Olympic Stadium to eventually break into the top four. With the likes of France playmaker Payet in the squad, there is every reason to be positive for exciting times ahead in Stratford.
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