As we prepare for opening weekend of the Premier League Season I predict who will be in the top four come the end of the campaign.

And with a Managerial merry-go-round leaving three of lasts years top four with new Managers, it promises to be one of the most fascinating yet.

Fourth Place: Arsenal

As we approach the opening weekend of the Premier League season, Arsenal go into it with a smaller and possibly weaker squad than the one that saw them scrape into fourth above Tottenham by a single point.

They have let go expensive flops like Arshavin, Gervinho and Santos to name only a few and their squad now looks thread bare.

Not that any of the players they've let go had anything useful to contribute to Arsenal but they did make up the numbers. The 19 year-old injury stricken striker Yaya Sanogo is the only player to arrive this summer and he comes on a free transfer from French side Auxerre. Not exactly what Arsenal fans had in mind when they were promised big name arrivals this summer.

They've tried to get Suarez but that looks increasingly unlikely partly down to the insulting pound they added to their second bid, but at least they tried right? That's probably what Wenger will be telling a press conference after failing to buy anyone with proven quality on September 3rd.

Wenger appears to be putting all his eggs in one basket, hoping that his younger players will have improved enough over a three month period to challenge the other big sides for the title. Arsenal were 16pts behind the Champions last season and they haven’t strengthened so don't expect that number to be much different.  

Jack Wilshere's return to fitness is a massive boost for the Gunners and he could really establish himself as a top player this season. The end of last season saw Arsenal improve dramatically, especially in defence and Koscielny and Mertesacker look like a solid partnership, which Arsenal haven't had for many years now.

French striker Olivier Giroud's pre-season form is also a source for optimism and he'll be looking to improve on the decent return he made last season.

The most exciting thing about Arsenal’s pre-season so far is the emergence of Gedion Zelalem. He's 16, was raised in Germany with Ethiopian roots and has spent much of his life living in America. Now he's at Arsenal being likened to former hero Cesc Fabregas. He's clearly a world class player in the making, his vision is impeccable and could make a few appearances for the first team even at such a young age.  

I still believe Arsenal will strengthen, purely on the basis that Wenger is an intelligent man and an intelligent man would recognise that Tottenham now clearly have the stronger squad and to sit back and do nothing would be suicide. 

If they don't buy before September 2nd, the first time Arsenal lose Wenger's head will be there for the taking. Arsenal fans are rightly growing tired of his frugal nature especially since they are sitting on a minimum of 70 million pounds for transfer fees alone. 

I choose Arsenal over Tottenham partly because I still somewhat irrationally believe they will improve their squad and because they always seem to get the better of their north London rivals no matter the odds. 

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