The Premier League returns on Friday night, with Arsenal travelling to Selhurst Park to play against Crystal Palace and football today available to stream globally.
The early signs from the Community Shield suggest Manchester City and Liverpool are ready to do battle for another Premier League title this year, but former City striker Sergio Aguero believes they’re not the only ones.
Though Aguero does name City and Liverpool among his contenders for the league’s top spot, he also mentions Chelsea and Arsenal as possible title candidates.
“My candidates are Manchester City, which I think can repeat (their title success of last year), Liverpool, Chelsea, and I add Arsenal, which has strengthened very well and has had great games in the pre-season,” Aguero said (via Daily Mail).
“Everything will be very even, as it has been happening, but we will have to be attentive to Arsenal’s performance, which has put together a great project with the help of Arteta.
“I think that this year they will give people something to talk about.”
Arsenal fans are obviously excited moving into the new season, following a run of impressive pre-season results including comfortable wins over Premier League rivals Chelsea and Everton, as well as a 6-0 thrashing of Champions League club Sevilla.
But it’s always good to hear from the neutrals on their assessment, and Aguero is clearly taking notice of Arsenal’s summer progress.
That won’t mean much if Arsenal fail to capitalise on their momentum in the early fixtures of the Premier League season.
An away trip to Crystal Palace isn’t an easy game by any means, but the fact Arsenal don’t have a big-six game until September gives the Gunners a chance to build up a head of steam.
If Mikel Arteta’s side could put together a run of wins, then heading up to Old Trafford that Sunday in September won’t seem like such a daunting prospect.
You don’t want to travel away to your big-six rivals desperate to get a result, if you can avoid it. You want to be comfortable that you’re in a strong position whatever happens.
That all starts with Friday’s fixture, so it’s up to Arsenal to ensure they get off on the right foot.
Source: Daily Cannon.