How does one best describe Arsenal's transfer policy - frugal, thrifty and economic? Or miserly, close-fisted and stingy? Opinions on the subject are closing in on the latter after Arsene Wenger's total summer signings numbered just one first team player - Petr Cech.
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The beginning of a new season is crunch time for a lot of footballers, as they find out whether they still have a place in the side following a summer of wholesale changes. With not much time to impress between now and the winter transfer window, here are 10 players who need to up their game quick, or may find themselves on the move very soon indeed.
11/09/2015 17:45 BST
When people say "ooh £50million for Raheem Sterling, that's an awful lot", they're wrong. Nobody is denying that on the scale of things £50million is a substantial amount of money, but to men who command oil empires around the world and probably employ butlers to roll them the finest tobacco in $100 notes, it's just about the square root of diddly squat.
12/08/2015 19:57 BST
Since Mark Hughes was appointed boss in May 2013, he has gone great lengths to distance his team from the perceived hoof-ball of Tony Pulis. Nobody can deny the effectiveness of Pulis' Stoke, but it was damn ugly to watch and Hughes made his intention to play a clearly different style of football from the off.
05/08/2015 19:45 BST
Transfer silly-season is still rolling on, but many Premier League teams have done their business early in the quest to improve for the coming campaign... Here are five summer signings who will have a significant impact on the destination of next season's Premier League trophy.
31/07/2015 17:43 BST
If Liverpool want to keep thinking of themselves as one of the world's biggest clubs, then they need to prove it on the pitch. Benteke will either be integral to them doing so, or he will be the poster boy of their fall from grace.
23/07/2015 17:32 BST
Maybe a few years ago, this would have been a squad that was only capable of breaking the top four, but at a time that Manchester City are in transition and a time when Chelsea's squad looks surprisingly thin beyond their stellar first XI, maybe it is finally Arsenal's time to have another crack at the Premier League title.
09/07/2015 20:12 BST
Many Toon fans are understandably skeptical of the man who has previously rebranded their historic stadium as the 'Sports Direct Arena' and slapped Wonga on the revered black and white stripes but so far, the signs seem to be positive.
01/07/2015 22:48 BST
Although Bamford would like to stay at Chelsea, this seems implausible in the short term as he has himself stated that "I don't want to spend next season sat on the bench - at this stage it's important for my development that I play every week if possible."
18/06/2015 22:36 BST
It's that time of year again! That end of season period where all of the accolades for the Premier League's best teams and players are distributed to the same old names over and over again. Here we shall be giving a nod to those who have probably been largely forgotten about, those who are stuck in mid-table mediocrity.
01/06/2015 08:16 BST
Nevertheless, late into March and with a run-in that includes five fixtures with teams in the bottom half of the table, it seems that the Saints will defy all of the odds and finish on a par with the likes of Spurs and last season's runners-up, Liverpool. Cast your mind back to the beginning of the season and this would have seemed almost impossible.
27/03/2015 10:17 GMT
It seems to be that English sides are suffering from a lack of identity. The Premier League does not create, it imports. Until English sides start producing talent instead of hoovering it up, the poor European results will continue.
18/03/2015 17:24 GMT
19-year-old Bellerin is another youngster who was thrust into first-team action due to injuries this season. In this case, it was Mathieu Debuchy who made way for the pacey full-back, who is widely regarded to be one of the quickest players in the Premier League.
05/03/2015 21:59 GMT
Last year at Christmas, Burnley, QPR and Leicester were the top three clubs in the league, with play-off final losers Derby fourth. As such, it seems a good time to assess the Championship's front-runners and whether they have what it takes to gain the prized promotion to the Premier League.
26/12/2014 15:35 GMT
Chelsea and City are currently out in front by a large distance and are understandably favourites to take the crown, though contrary to popular belief, this year's Premier League is not yet just a duel between the two teams in blue.
17/12/2014 17:38 GMT
The likes of Sami Khedira and William Carvalho have been linked with the club, but if Wenger wants somebody who will not need time to adapt to the league and will be available at a snip, here are six Premier League targets he could consider.
05/12/2014 18:29 GMT
If Wayne Rooney had been Argentinian or Brazilian, he may well have been the poster boy of a football mad nation. Unfortunately for Wayne, however, he's English and gets lambasted after almost every performance.
20/11/2014 17:39 GMT
Moving outside the comfort zone of the Premier League is a bold step for the Scot but if he can make an impression on La Liga, then he will prove to all of his doubters that he still has what it takes to manage at the highest level. Real Sociedad may just be the perfect place for Moyes...
12/11/2014 17:41 GMT
An exciting trend seems to have emerged in the Premier League over the last couple of years - defences have been forgotten about while attacks are lavishly spent upon. Just think, did Manchester United need Falcao at the expense of a good centre-back? Did Liverpool need Markovic? Did Arsenal need Sanchez? The list goes on.
31/10/2014 17:46 GMT
Gus Poyet managed to guide Sunderland to safety with relative ease last term, playing a pretty brand of football along the way. As a result, the Uruguayan has earned himself a special place in many Wearsider's hearts.
09/10/2014 16:48 BST
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