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ARSENAL : 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.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Aug 7, 2010
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