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Former favourites look to give Chelsea, Arsenal early problems

August 06, 2022 00:00:00

The Premier League returns to action with both Arsenal and Chelsea facing tests against teams managed by their former title winning heroes.

The season's opener on Friday saw a strengthened Arsenal travelling south of the Thames to take on a Crystal Palace side managed by ex-Gunner Patrick Vieira, reports Reuters.

In Saturday's late game Chelsea, making their first appearance under new American owners, travel to Merseyside to face an Everton side that narrowly avoided relegation under former Blue's skipper Frank Lampard.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has had a very positive close-season with some impressive new signings, giving real hope that the Spaniard now has the talent needed to break back into the top four.

Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus and Ukraine's Oleksandr Zinchenko have been brought in from Manchester City and Fabio Vieira from Porto should provide another option in an exciting young midfield.

But an away game at Palace is by no means a comfortable start for Arteta's side.

Frenchman Vieira, who won three Premier League titles with Arsenal as a player, made a strong start to his reign at Selhurst Park guiding the Eagles to a solid 12th place finish.

Palace won the fixture last season 3-0 with the clash in April one of the defeats which cost Arsenal a place in the Champions League.

Chelsea also have a recent defeat to keep them grounded when they step out on the field at Goodison Park against old boy Lampard's side.

Everton beat Chelsea 1-0 when they teams met on Merseyside in May with Brazilian Richarlison scoring the goal that helped secure top-flight survival.

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