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Friday, August 18, 2006

Premiership Season Preview

Well, here we are on the eve of the 2006/07 season, and what better way to celebrate than to give my season preview for the Arsenal, and how I think the table (standings) will look at season's end, including who stays in the Premiership, and who gets relegated to the Coca-Cola Championship.

Lets start with....the Arsenal. Last season saw the Arsenal hit their stride in the Champion's League, going all the way to the finals, where G Jens Lehmann gets sent off early in the match, and 10-man Arsenal ends up losing 2-1 to FC Barcelona. The league did not go quite as well, as the Arsenal took their time getting into stride, before finally clicking on all cylinders late in the season, and snatching 4th place (and the final Champion's League position) from hated rivels T*****ham H***pur (their name is so evil I cannot even type it. For more info on "the scum", follow the sky sports link on the left hand column).

This season, the Arsenal seem to be in better shape. Captain Thierry Henry signed a new 4-year deal that will keep him in North London for the near future. And Cesc Fabregas, the talented 19-year old midfielder is already in fine form, after scoring twice in the Champions League qualifyer against Dinamo Zagreb. They do have some key losses, the retirement of Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires transferring to Spain, and Sol Campbell transferring to Portsmouth, and with only midfielder Tomas Rosicky transferring in, the Gunners have not bolstered their depth at all. But it was unnecessary, as we have plenty of talented youngsters waiting in the wings, meaning that more than likely Gael Clichy and Robin van Persie will have breakout years. I think that the Arsenal will challenge Chelsea for the top spot in the league, but we do not have the rubles to compete with Cheatski on a game in/game out basis. So here it is, my final table for the 2006/07 Premiership campaign:

1. Cheatski
2. Arsenal
3. Liverpool
4. Manchester United
(Note: the top four places are automatically placed in the Champion's league; the first two teams bypass the qualifiers and are placed in the group stages, the last 2 have to qualify for the group stage).
5. T*****ham H***pur
6. West Ham United
7. Bolton Wanderers
(Note: places 5-6 are automatically placed in the UEFA cup competition. A third spot is given to the FA cup winner unless the winner is one of the top 6 teams. Then it goes to the 7th place team).
8. Blackburn Rovers
9. Wigan Athletic
10. Everton
11. Reading (pronounced "redding")
12. Manchester City
13. Charlton Athletic
14. Middlesbrough
15. Newcastle United
16. Portsmouth
17. Aston Villa
18. Sheffield United
19. Fulham
20. Watford
(Note: 18-20 automatically get relegated into the Coca-cola Championship, aka 'Triple-A' of English football).


Anonymous Josh said...

I'm disappointed that you have no faith in your Gunners, in their 1st season in their new digs, to overtake Chelsea in the standings.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Vin Swanson said...

Fulham worse that Portsmouth, Aston Villa and Sheffield? Arg, I do not want to see McBride and Bocenegra relegated.

8:30 PM  

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