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EPL GW1 – Things we learned

The season has finally begun! A few thoughts from the opening round await you…

Liverpool will improve this season – Despite scoring just one goal in the win over Stoke, there were plenty of promising signs for Brendan Rodgers’ side. There were chances-a-plenty, with that lethal edge missing at times. As the new signings become more familiar with one another, the goals will flow. The penalty save was a huge moment for Simon Mignolet – the perfect way to begin his time at Anfield.

Asmir Begovic is a beast – There would’ve been far more scored had it not been for the Bosnian. Stoke certainly aren’t without options either, with England international Jack Butland unable to make the bench, behind Thomas Sorensen (for GW1, at least). Surely other clubs will inquire about Begovic’s availability.

Arsenal need to sign… someone – They’ve got the money to spend, but no one wants to sign (it would appear). CB and another option up front are the biggest priorities.

Koscielny – Hot & Cold – Brilliant one week, not so the next. This man loves conceding a penalty, red cards, and even scoring a sneaky own goal. Can be great, can be a liability.

Christian Benteke is a beast – Arguably Villa’s most important piece of business over the summer was holding onto this man. How they managed to do so is anyone’s guess.

Villa on the rise? – They’ve certainly recruited well. Just shows how important staying up was. It’s too early to say how far they’ll go in 2013-14, but I don’t think it’s too absurd to say they won’t be battling for relegation.

Never count out the champions – For many pundits, Manchester United are third favourites for the 2013-14 title behind Chelsea and Manchester City. Some also thought they’d have a tough time at the Liberty Stadium, but van Persie and Welbeck had other ideas. Huge win for David Moyes, particularly with the challenging fixtures ahead. Once someone lends Carrick a helping hand in midfield, they’ll be more than just fine.

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