Arsenal (+4500) are coming off a heartbreaking end to their season. With the Champions League spot within their grasp they blew it away to finish 5th to their rivals Tottenham. Only 1 signing to date and it is Porto youngster, Fabio Viera who is a creative midfielder who should provide Arsenal with some much needed attacking support. Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has joined the Gunners and will be a much needed attacking threat to bolster the front line. They have also snagged Oleksandr Zinehnko, to beef up their quality in depth which is a shrewd signing, in my opinion. Ultimately, I think their weakness in midfield will be their downfall. I expect them to fall right in the Europa League spots again, mainly because of the strength of the clubs ahead of them. Manager Mikael Arteta, who in my opinion has done a fantastic job rebuilding the club and placing his trust in youth, needs to continue to do so as they are seemingly going to be gazumped to key transfer targets Raphinha and Lisandro Martinez by Chelsea and Manchester United, what a wonderful segway.
Manchester United (+2900) are under yet another rebuild, this time with manager Erik Ten Hag, formerly of Ajax. The club backed their way into the Europa League but have been linked with multiple key transfer targets including Frenkie De Jong and Antony. The club has finalized the signing of Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez. United completed a successful tour, where many of the club's players performed above expectations, including their forward line of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. The club, just one season off a 2nd place finish, I believe are much better than most expect and under proper coaching, an investment in the transfer market and a return to form by some of their squad, I expect them to battle with Chelsea for the 4th and final Champions League spot.
Chelsea (+1400) cannot be underestimated. Manager Thomas Tuchel is one of the best managers in the world and proved as such in Chelsea’s Champions League title campaign back in 2021. My main worry with the club has to do with their overturn and lack of defensive options. Defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen have all left the club or are expected to and as of today, Chelsea have one signed Kalidou Koulibably as a replacement. That amount of overturn typically is tough to overcome for Chelsea, and while Chelsea have signed Raheem Sterling, which I expect to be one of the signings of the season, they still need more reinforcements to solidify a top 4 spot. My biggest worry for Chelsea is the current rumors of players wanting to leave. It got to the point where manager Thomas Tuchel publicly commented on players' commitment and had Tuchel call it the worst preseason he has ever had. I expect Chelsea to battle for the 4th and final Champions League spot and their moves in the transfer market will ultimately decide their fate.