New faces on the Premier League merry-go-round

The best managers in the world are in the Premier League now. The fallen include five winners of the Champions League or European Cup (Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Di Matteo, Guus Hiddink, Rafa Benitez) and one of the World Cup, Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Chelsea, who were not in Europe but won the domestic title by seven points in Conte's first season in charge, have signed four players so far, including striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

Will Conte avoid second-season slump? With Man City finally playing the way Pep wants them to, Kevin De Bruyne's pinpoint crossing, incisive through balls and deadly set-pieces will combine to make him the most prolific creator in the league.

Mourinho got that treatment twice after title-winning seasons and Roberto Di Matteo suffered it less than a year after winning Chelsea's only Champions League title.

"We have to know that only through the work we can improve a lot and that we must work harder than last season".

Spurning interest from his former club Chelsea, Lukaku opted to join Manchester United in a £75 million deal that was a record for a transfer between British clubs. The 105-million-euro signing had a good first season, but fell well short of what was expected of a then world-record signing.

Meanwhile, City have added Ederson, who is believed to be the answer to their goalkeeping troubles, and Bernardo Silva to midfield.

Frustrated by City's failings in his trophyless first season in England, Guardiola has overhauled his squad with defenders Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, plus goalkeeper Ederson and playmaker Bernardo Silva. They will also have a fully-fit Gabriel Jesus to back up the firepower provided by Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.

Some Arsenal fans still draw a degree of masochistic pleasure from keeping the faith, like so many martyrs waiting for a light in the sky, with the wonder coach of more than a decade ago.

"Hughton back in the Premier League is great, but I don't see Brighton making a flying start to the season".

The Gunners themselves however have strengthened in some of their more lackadaisical departments.

Arsenal may be close to ending one of their painful contract sagas after a report has claimed there has been a "huge breakthrough" in talks with Mesut Ozil, but Alexis Sanchez still isn't ready to sign despite apparently receiving another improved offer.

The Gunners were out fired by every one of the four clubs who completed above them in the table, leaving Wenger prepared to use up every last cent to guarantee his side are less dependent on Alexis.If he does, Arsenal are probably going to have a decent one moreover.

Vanessa Coleman