Arsenal, Liverpool & Man Utd: The strongest XI for every PL club ahead of new season

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It’s Christmas Eve for football fans.

Tomorrow, the Premier League returns as we look forward to eight months of the greatest league in the world.

We don’t blame you if you’re not quite as excited for the start of this campaign as you usually are. After all, the 2019/20 season only ended a few weeks ago.

In the short summer break, you’ve probably switched off from football. You probably have no idea which clubs have signed which players. And you might be wondering who on earth to pick in your Fantasy Football side.

Well, on the eve of the season, we’ve decided to predict every club’s strongest possible XI if everyone was fit.

Of course, the transfer window remains open until Monday, October 5 and there will be more signings coming through the door. We haven't tried to predict any incomings, rather selected the best possible XI available right now.

So, if any managers were having sleepless nights wondering which starting line-up to select on the opening weekend of the season, we've done their job for them.

Let's take a look:

Arsenal

Leno
Bellerin, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney
Ceballos, Xhaka
Pepe, Willian, Aubameyang
Lacazette

David Luiz will probably play over Gabriel Magalhaes more often at the start of the season but we fully expect the £27m signing to form a partnership with the impressive William Saliba before too long. Bukayo Saka will be looking to start on the left, potential meaning Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaces Alexandre Lacazette as the central striker.

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Aston Villa

Heaton
Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett
Douglas Luiz
Trezeguet, McGinn, Hourihane, Grealish
Watkins

Villa have spent more than £40 million on Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins despite them having no Premier League experience. The club probably didn't expect Jack Grealish to still be at Villa Park come the opening day of the season.

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Brighton

Ryan
Webster, White, Dunk
Lamptey, Bissouma, Propper, March
Lallana, Maupay, Trossard

Brighton haven't added too much to their squad but the signing of Adam Lallana looks a good one. With Ben White returning from his spell at Leeds, Brighton look fairly solid at the back.

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Burnley

Pope
Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor
Brownhill, Westwood, Cork, McNeil
Wood, Rodriguez

Burnley's finances appear to have taken a significant hit due to COVID-19. Only Josh Brownhill has arrived from Bristol City with Aaron Lennon and Jeff Hendrick leaving.

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Chelsea

Mendy
James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell
Havertz, Kante, Mount
Ziyech, Werner, Pulisic

Chelsea haven't officially signed Edouard Mendy just yet but it seems it's only a matter of time before that deal goes through. Then there's Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner in their best starting XI. Not bad.

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Crystal Palace

Guaita
Ferguson, Cahill, Sakho, Van Aanholt
Ayew, McArthur, Milivojevic, Eze 
Zaha, Batshuyai

Youngsters Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson have arrived, while Michy Batshuyai has returned on loan. Wilfried Zaha is still at the club despite wanting to leave.

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Everton

Pickford
Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Digne
Gordon, Doucoure, Allan, Rodriguez
Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin 

It's been a pretty decent summer for Everton with the shock arrival of James Rodriguez, joining Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure. Youngster Anthony Gordon could be given more opportunities to show his impressive potential.

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Fulham

Rodak
Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan
Reed, Cairney
Knockaert, Onomah, Reid
Mitrovic

Ahead of their previous season in the Premier League, Fulham really splashed the cash. It didn't work and it seems they've learned their lesson with a rather quiet transfer window at Craven Cottage. 

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Leeds

Meslier
Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas
Phillips
Costa, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison 
Rodrigo

Leeds splashed a club-record £27m on Rodrigo from Valencia, with defender Robin Koch also arriving from Freiburg. They've also signed Helder Costa from Wolves for £16m. And they probably haven't finished their spending, either.

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Leicester

Schmeichel
Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Castagne
Ndidi
Barnes, Tielemans, Maddison
Vardy, Iheanacho

Chilwell has left and he's been replaced by Timothy Castagne from Atalanta. That's about it so far for Brendan Rodgers' Leicester.

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Liverpool

Alisson
Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson
Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum
Mane, Firmino, Salah

Same again for the champions. They have brought in back-up left back Kostas Tsimikas for £11.75m. Could they be adding Thiago to this XI?

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Manchester City

Ederson
Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Ake
De Bruyne, Rodri, Foden
Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling

Leroy Sane and David Silva out, Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres in. Don't be surprised to see Pep Guardiola's side make another big signing before the transfer window shuts. Kalidou Koulibaly, anyone? Phil Foden should be starting regularly next season.

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Manchester United

De Gea
Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw
Van de Beek, Pogba
Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford
Martial

United haven't managed to sign Jadon Sancho...yet. But they have purchased Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £39m. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wouldn't mind another signing or two.

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Newcastle

Dubravka
Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Lewis
Shelvey, Hendrick
Fraser, Almiron, Saint-Maximin
Wilson

Whisper it quietly: Newcastle are having a very good transfer window. Jeff Hendrick, Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis have all arrived. They shouldn't even be thinking about relegation this season.

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Sheffield United

Ramsdale
Basham, Egan, O’Connell
Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens
McBurnie, McGoldrick 

Sheffield United have replaced Dean Henderson with Aaron Ramsdale but Chris Wilder will be fielding a very familiar XI next season. Can they replicate their incredible 2019/20 season?

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Southampton

McCarthy
Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Salisu, Bertrand
Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond
Ings, Adams

The Saints have signed centre-back Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid for £10.9m and Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham for £12m. The way they finished last season, a lot is expected of Ralph Hasenhuttl's side.

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Tottenham

Lloris
Doherty, Dier, Sanchez, Davies
Hojbjerg, Lo Celso
Son, Dele, Bergwijn
Kane

Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg appear to be astute signings but Jose Mourinho has insisted he's expecting a striker to arrive to compete with Harry Kane.

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West Brom

Johnstone
Furlong, Ajayi, Kipre, O’Shea
Pereira, Livermore, Sawyers, Diangana
Robinson, Austin

Three summer signings are likely to be starters for West Brom - Matheus Pereira from Sporting Lisbon, Cedric Kipre from Wigan and Grady Diangana from West Ham.

Is it enough to keep Slaven Bilic's side up?

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West Ham

Fabianksi
Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell
Rice
Bowen, Noble, Soucek, Fornals
Antonio

After Diangana was sold to West Brom, captain Mark Noble tweeted his anger on social media. The club is already a mess before the season has even started. They have added Tomas Soucek on a permanent deal, which can be considered a decent signing.

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Wolves

Patricio
Boly, Coady, Marcal
Adama, Moutinho, Neves, Dendoncker, Jonny
Jimenez, Jota

Wolves spent £35m on 18-year-old Fabio Silva, who may not start immediately but is an undeniable talent. Fernando Marcal has also arrived from Lyon but Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted that they haven't stopped their spending yet. Can they challenge top four?

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