Prem Watch; ARSENAL.
Manager: Arsene Wenger Position last season: 3rd Nickname: The
Gunners Ground: Emirates Stadium Capacity: 60,355 Players in: Marouane
Chamakh (Bordeaux, free), Laurent Koscielny (Lorient, pounds 10m), Kyle
Ebecilio (Feyenoord, free) Players out: Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk,
pounds 6m), Philippe Senderos (Fulham, free), Fran Merida (Atletico
Madrid, free), Luke Ayling (Yeovil, free), Mikael Silvestre (released),
William Gallas (released), Francis Coquelin (Lorient, loan), Sol
Campbell (released) Key man: Robin van Persie Chances: Expect the
Gunners to make another assault on a first league title since 2004, but
the key question remains whether Wenger's youngsters -with or
without Cesc Fabregas -can finally last the distance after failing to
deliver mature performances when it mattered most last season.
BLACKBURN Manager: Sam Allardyce Position last season: 10th
Nickname: Rovers Ground: Ewood Park Capacity: 31,154 Players in: Hugo
Fernandez (Union Deportiva Cornella, undisclosed) Players out: Steven
Reid (West Brom, free), Marcus Marshall (Rotherham, free), Andy Howarth
(Bury, undisclosed) Key man: Morten Gamst Pedersen Chances: Had Rovers
been more consistent then they could have pressed for Europe last
season. But with no major additions, another mid-table finish is
probably about their limit.
Key man: Morten Gamst Pedersen. Buy: Marouane Chamakh