After much anticipation, the 2013/14 edition of the Barclays
Premier League has kicked off with a bang.
With one week in the books, it is never too early to assess what we have seen so far. Here are a few first impressions on the new season.
It will be a three-horse race for the title - Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea all appear to be a class above the rest.
Each won their match in convincing fashion, and as long as they maintain the standard of play, they will challenge for the title.
They all have the deep squads, and can afford to rotate players each week. The first true test will be in week two, when Chelsea visit Manchester United.
Time to spend
Two teams that overwhelmingly underperformed in week one, Arsenal and Newcastle, have been very quiet in the current transfer window.
If either club wants to challenge for anything, they must add players before the September 2 deadline.
Both may cite injuries as reason for the lack of squad depth, however in truth, both squads are depleted and need help.
Arsenal certainly have the financial ability, yet Arsene Wenger claims the club is waiting for the right player.
Right now, any player is better than no player.
Poor performances in London have Hull and Cardiff in the unenviable positions for relegation.
Additionally, the aforementioned Newcastle also look in peril after a horrible showing against Manchester City.
Hull were unfortunate to be thrown directly into the fire, facing Chelsea first, but the Tigers offered almost no resistance to the Blues, and hardly troubled Petr Cech’s goal.
Cardiff had a match they could have earned a draw in, but slumped against West Ham.
As for Newcastle, they should hope that their performance was the worst they will have
all season. Otherwise, a return trip to the Championship could be in order.
As the BPL season continues, there are sure to be some interesting storylines as well as clubs that will perform above their expectations, while others will disappoint their fans.
Who knows, maybe Arsenal will finally spend some money, just don’t hold your breath on that one!
Whatever happens, we know for sure - football is back and we can all rejoice.
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