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Man City's financial clout has been exercised in the transfer market yet again to try and dethrone a Man Utd side now without Alex Ferguson at the helm, but the competition is as fierce as ever with Chelsea hot on their heels as well after the return of the 'Special One', Jose Mourinho. It's a big season for Arsenal who have broke their transfer record with Mesut Özil, Spurs had a major window as well spending £100m+ but sold star man Gareth Bale, whilst Liverpool continue to impress under Rodgers. The chasing pack are all equally contested, and it's sure to be another important season for Everton, Newcastle, Aston Villa and the likes. It promises to be another season of fantastic football, controversial decisions, high intensity atmospheres and wonderful unpredictability. Just around the corner is a whole different experience in the Football League too, which will produce another frantic race to the top. English football has it all!

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When Saturday arrives you know it's the return of that old English faithful. The Football League beckons, so roll out the match ball. Tough tackling, hard working, and now with the odd foreign import; the pitch is run down, but not half as bad as the clubs coach transport. There's the half time pint to digest the games play, then a talk over the tactics to make this our teams day. Don't forget those steak and ale pies or pre-packed sarnies, before you rise to the stand and chant like an army. It's that old beautiful game, some say it's been taken, but in the lower leagues it thrives, so take a look - you're all welcome.

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Arsenal

After another turbulent summer at The Emirates, Arsenal head into the 2012/13 campaign with quite a new look side. The departures of key players in Robin van Persie and to a lesser extent, Alex Song means that Arsenal must yet again rebuild. However, there is still some cautious optimism amongst Gooners given the genuine quality of the arrivals with Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla all signing. With Thomas Vermaelen captaining this team and Steve Bould's potential to improve a previously shaky back four, Arsenal will be hoping to impress this season despite the summer departures. If key players can stay injury free, we might even challenge for a trophy or two! Who knows? As always, it should be an interesting and exciting campaign for the Arsenal!

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Aston Villa

The Villans embark on a new era under Paul Lambert, who sets sail off the back of a season of struggle. Lambert's lions are anything but sheepish this time round, with a fluid passing system and a greater emphasis on attack brought into action. Last season was almost cancelled before it had even started after the change in manager, meaning anything was likely to be a step up this season. Yet in Lambert, the club has struck gold with one of the finest up and coming managers in the game. Coupled with a whole host of fresh faces from lower-league stalwarts to European delights, this season is sure to be interesting. Stay with us and hold on tight, for the quest is on, but together we fight: prepared.

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Chelsea

Chelsea Football Club celebrated its greatest ever night last season, winning the coveted Champions League that eluded them for so long. With the departure of their talisman, Didier Drogba, and the arrival of young superstars Eden Hazard and Oscar, Chelsea are transitioning to a more fluid attack. Will the arrival of this attacking talent lift them in their quest for more glory and more trophies or will their rivals from Manchester once again prove too strong in the league? One thing is for certain: with Roman Abramovich at the helm, Chelsea will never be far from the spotlight.

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Liverpool

This is Anfield, where the iconic You'll Never Walk Alone echoes from the Kop. Shankly, Paisley, Dalglish, Rush, Clemence, Barnes, Fowler have all had their day but their names are still sung and their legacy remains, one which saw Liverpool well established as one of the world's elite clubs with 18 League Titles and 5 European Cups to prove it. However, many years waiting on that elusive 19th league title have had their toll. Now with the Rafa Benitez era behind us, the Hodgson nightmare at an end and King Kenny gone, Brendan Rodgers has stepped up to the plate. Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini have been signed up, youngsters like Raheem Sterling and Suso promoted up the ranks, add to that the World Class Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard, the squad is in place. Now just given time to instill his footballing philosophy, surely it won't be long until Rodgers is bringing the glory days back at Anfield where they well and truly belong.

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Manchester City

Champions 2011/12. Who would have believed it? Not a lot for sure, not only did City claw back an 8 point gap from United, they won the title in the last few minutes of the season. Magical, and probably never again. The summer had been dull, only Rodwell's acquisition confirmed, but City like to do things last minute and made a total of 5 signings on deadline day: Sinclair, Garcia, Nastasic, Maicon (and Wright). Mancini's 3rd full season in charge is sure to be special, but can City regain the title and go further in the Champion's League this time, albeit in a group of death? Bring all City discussion in here.

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Manchester United

The Stretford End starts a chant of 'Glory, Glory, Man United' that reverberates around the historic stands Old Trafford. The champions of old and the soon to be champions of new emerge from the tunnel to the roar of the United faithful. The history of the club and the sky high expectations of the fans weigh heavily on the shoulders but to be a United player, it must be no burden and success is paramount. Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton watch on from the sidelines, Sir Matt Busby from above. This is the pinnicle of Football. This is Manchester United.

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Tottenham Hotspur

The date is the 19th of May 2012, and Chelsea have just beaten Bayern Munich in the Champions League final and in the process snubbed Tottenham of their qualification for the tournament. The following summer see the lilywhite outfit perform several changes at the club. Media favourite Harry Redknapp is shown the door for André Villas-Boas appointment, Ledley King's knees gives up and the king is forced to abdicate, and the creative duo Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart moves abroad. In the wake of all departures Daniel Levy takes his time upon him to sign six players; Sigurdsson, Vertonghen, Adebayor, Dembélé, Dempsey and Lloris. With a newly crafted side and a new generation stepping out on the grass at White Hart Lane, will André Villas-Boas finally shrug his doubters off? Will his Tottenham side meet the high sights, or will failure have it in another echo of glory? No matter what happens, it should prove to be excellent entertainment.

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The Three Lions

Wayne Rooney steps onto the pitch, breathing heavily, chest heaving; as if preparing for war. He sings the national anthem with pride, hears the whistle and he's off. He chases after the ball time and time again, defending and attacking, waiting for his chance to come. Finally it comes, the net cracks as the ball is hammered home, he beats his chest and lets out a victorious cry. This is England.

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