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Rohan Predicts: Arsenal to fall to Manchester City in Premiere League rankings despite strong transfer window

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As the sun sets on another summer, fans from all around the world flock to their TVs to watch the best of the best duke it out on the pitch in what promises to be another riveting season of British football. 

Following the summer’s transfer window, here are my picks for the final results of the English Premier League:

 To the shock of absolutely nobody, I predict Manchester City will nab the title for the fourth year in a row. 

Mastermind manager Josep Guardiola will march his squad into battle and come out on top once again. 

Previous captain İlkay Gündoğan departing for Barcelona is a setback, but a minor one at that. 

Manchester City has an abundance of talented players at its disposal, and more than enough cash to invest in new players –– talented players like defender Josko Gvardiol and forward Jérémy Doku. 

Additionally, you can’t ignore the absolute machine that is striker Erling Braut Haaland. 

Haaland will wreak havoc on even the most talented defenders and carry City to the top spot once again.

Arsenal will lose out to Man City to finish in the runner-up spot once again this year. Arsenal had a busy transfer window. 

They spent nearly $200 million on midfielders Kai Havertz and Declan Rice alone.

 These are brilliant but expensive players. 

This investment sucked up a lot of cash, and their only other significant new purchase, Jurrien Timber, was unfortunately injured in the team’s opening match. 

While the new players might struggle to outshine their price tags, the squad will still have the strength to battle up to second place. 

In third place will be Liverpool. In its transfer window, Liverpool focused on rebuilding its midfield, a weak area last season. 

It waved goodbye to midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, and welcomed an entirely new midfield consisting of Alexis Mac Allister, Wataru Endo, Ryan Gravenbach and Dominik Szoboszlai. 

The team crucially managed to retain club legend and top goal scorer Mohamed Salah for another year despite his links to Saudi Arabian clubs. 

If Liverpool can maintain the momentum that it began building near the end of last season, the team is in for a respectable campaign ending in third place.

Many pundits place Newcastle United out of the top six for the next season because the team will be playing in the Champions League for the first time since 2003, meaning it will be playing more games and risk burning out. However, I think the team deserves a little more faith. 

Newcastle hasn’t sold any significant players, but it has made three big buys over the summer: forward Harvey Barnes, midfielder Sandro Tonali and defender Valentino Livramento. 

These players will add depth and stamina to the squad, prevent burnout when Champions League matches start and assist Newcastle in the charge for the final Champions League spot. 

In fifth place will be Tottenham Hotspur, which has the foundations for a decent season. 

New manager Ange Postecoglou is bringing life back to the club. Tottenham’s defense was shameful last season: the team conceded 63 goals, 16th place in the league for goals conceded. 

In efforts to bounce back, it purchased goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario and defender Micky van de Ven for $20 million and $37 million respectively. Additionally, Destiny Udogie has returned from loan at Udinese. 

However, the elephant in the room, club legend Harry Kane, left for Bayern München this summer. While Tottenham typically struggles to defend and excel on the attack, this season may be the opposite. 

Postecoglou has a plan to bolster the offense involving forwards Brennan Johnson, Manor Solomon and midfielder James Maddison, all new signings. However, the extent of the effect of Kane’s absence is yet to be seen. However, Tottenham’s elimination from the Carabao Cup, and the lack of European football means the team can focus all its energy on the Premier League and snatch the fifth spot.

In sixth place will be Manchester United, which is in a tough spot right now, with club higher-ups being questioned amid the various swirling controversies. 

Jadon Sancho openly criticized manager Erik Ten Hag after being not being rostered against Arsenal. 

To make situations worse, both Antony and Mason Greenwood have been accused of domestic violence against former partners. 

The club did not do a good job of handling these scenarios, and its reputation is under fire. 

When it comes to players, they are already in a tough spot with many injuries. 

This will only get worse when Champions League matches start. 

Their transfer window didn’t do them many favors either. 

The team spent lots of money on a new goalkeeper, defenders and midfielders. 

But what it really needed was a Premier League proven goal scorer. 

The team’s answer to this problem was an $80 million gamble on 20-year old Rasmus Højlund, an unproven Dane from Atalanta BC. 

United is putting a lot of pressure on Højlund, and I don’t think he has enough experience to thrive. 

But now, let’s jump all the way to the bottom of the table and see which three clubs are going to get relegated down to the second tier of English Football. 

I predict Everton will finish in the 18th spot, ending its 31-year run in the Premier League. 

As much as I want Everton to pull off a fairy tale story and escape relegation by the narrowest margin again, the team simply hasn’t had the transfer window to back it up. 

At this point, they’re playing tired football.

Wolverhampton Wanderers will take the 19th spot. During the summer, Wolverhampton has been all sell and no buy. 

They’ve waved goodbye to crucial players like previous club captain Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes. 

Even worse, manager Julien Lopetegui parted ways with the club less than a week before the start of the season. 

The new manager, Gary O’Neil, will need to work a miracle to get this team to escape relegation.

And finally, getting sent right back to the second tier, Luton Town will finish in 20th place. 

I really wanted to say that Luton could escape relegation: so much passion shines from that little club. But it just won’t happen. 

They simply don’t have the money or resources to rival other clubs on the biggest stage in the world.

When the final whistle blows in May, some fans will revel in glory, while others lament a season of missed opportunity. 

But only one team gets to spray the champagne and cap off another enthralling season.

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