Another Premier League season has come to a close and thousands of fans up and down the country are either celebrating, commiserating or simply getting their breath back after another exhilarating (and exhausting!) campaign.
Manchester City secured yet another title, despite being run close by Arsenal. Meanwhile, Newcastle United will make a long-awaited return to the Champions League, alongside Manchester United, after finishing in the top four at Liverpool’s expense.
Aston Villa will also be playing in Europe next term, while Tottenham and Chelsea will be looking to bounce back after disappointing campaigns. Elsewhere, Everton live to fight another day after a dramatic win on the last day confirmed their survival.
The dust has barely settled on a memorable campaign yet most of us are already counting down the days until the next one begins. And when the Premier League does return, you can watch it in style, with hospitality packages available at all the top clubs.
Having dominated the Premier League for the past two seasons, it was hard to see how Pep Guardiola could make Manchester City even better. Step forward Erling Haaland! The Norwegian striker took no time at all to settle into English football, scoring 36 Premier League goals and obliterating just about every record in the process.
Despite pressure from Arsenal, City eventually made sure of their third consecutive title and they’re now looking to complete a historic treble with both the FA Cup and Champions League finals to come.
Guardiola’s squad doesn’t look like it needs improving ahead of next season, particularly with the likes of Jack Grealish and Julian Alvarez growing in confidence following the break for the World Cup.
But with Ilkay Gundogan and Joao Cancelo expected to leave, they’ll likely look to add to their squad depth as they target a sixth title in seven seasons next time around.
Up until a couple of months ago, most of us (except City and Spurs fans, of course!) thought Arsenal were finally going to end their Premier League title drought. Mikel Arteta’s young side defied expectations all season, with Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli leading the way.
Ultimately, they couldn’t keep up with City but they showed immense promise and if they can add quality to their squad, with Gundogan and Declan Rice among the names mentioned, they’ll no doubt be in the mix next season.
However, Arteta will need to be wary about how competing in the Champions League could affect their domestic form. The Gunners will be competing with Europe’s elite again and we have plenty of hospitality options if you want to hear the famous anthem back at the Emirates.
United have been going through the motions for a few years but they look to finally be on their way back under Erik ten Hag, who impressed in his first season at the helm. The Red Devils eventually finished third, thanks in large part to a fantastic season from Marcus Rashford, as well as the impact from new signings Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez.
They could add to their Carabao Cup success by making it a cup double against rivals City this weekend. And while a title charge may seem beyond them for now, if they can somehow convince Harry Kane to leave Tottenham then they’ll be a genuine force to be reckoned with.
Jurgen Klopp’s side sparked into life midway through the season but missed out on the Champions League, despite another incredible campaign in front of goal from Mohamed Salah.
Their ageing squad desperately needs reinforcements, particularly in midfield. Liverpool look set to miss out on long-term target Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid but they’ll be boosted by strong transfer links to Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister.
The World Cup winner will add a much needed spark in the middle of the park for the Reds, as could the revival of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who shone in a new midfield-hybrid role during the latter parts of the season.
It was a season to forget for Tottenham, who finished eighth in the Premier League despite an incredible 30 goals from Kane. They’ll be desperate to hang on to the England striker, who is now just 47 goals behind Alan Shearer in the all-time charts.
Not qualifying for Europe could be a blessing in disguise for Spurs, who can put all of their efforts into finishing as high as possible in the league. They’ll be keen to appoint their next manager quickly in order for him to hit the ground running.
Like Spurs before them, Chelsea fans didn’t enjoy the best of seasons. They watched their side finish 12th despite spending a record amount on players and the fairytale return of Frank Lampard in the dugout didn’t work out as hoped.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. The good thing for Chelsea is that they’ve confirmed new manager Mauricio Pochettino early. The former Spurs boss will be able to make a decision quickly about which players will work for him and which ones need a fresh start elsewhere.
The Blues have got a talented young squad packed full of potential. They could gel well following a strong pre-season – and you could be there to witness their resurgence with one of our hospitality packages at Stamford Bridge.
It wasn’t too long ago that Newcastle were looking over their shoulders, nervously wondering if they were destined for another spell in the Championship. Fast forward 18 months and Eddie Howe has taken them from the bottom three to the Champions League.
The Magpies have obviously splashed the cash but getting it right is easier said than done. The likes of Alexander Isak, Sven Botman, Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope have all hit the ground running since being brought in by Howe and they were pivotal to them securing fourth place.
Newcastle will undoubtedly look to add more depth to their squad this summer as they prepare to compete in Europe but there’s no reason why they can’t push on from here and become a regular fixture in the Champions League.
Just like Howe has done at Newcastle, Unai Emery has completely transformed Aston Villa since his arrival last October. They looked lost under Steven Gerrard but Ollie Watkins’ prowess in front of goal turned their fortunes around, firing them to a seventh-place finish and qualification for the UEFA Europa Conference League.
While they’ll be excited for a European tour next season if they can navigate past the playoff round, the Villans will also be wary of letting it affect their performances in the Premier League, as has been the case with West Ham this year.
For the second season in a row, Everton avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth. And if they want to make it third time lucky, Sean Dyche’s squad will need a serious overhaul in the transfer window.
Everton have holes throughout their side but a new striker should be at the very top of their wishlist. They desperately missed the goals of Richarlison, who they didn’t replace. While Dominic Calvert-Lewin is unplayable on his day, he’s injured far too often and his fitness can’t be relied upon to keep the Toffees afloat.
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