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BT Sport's Premier League 2018/19 team guides: Arsenal to Cardiff City

In the first instalment of BT Sport's extensive four-part guide to the new season, we run the rule over Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley and Cardiff.

The 2018/19 Premier League season is fast approaching, but how are your team shaping up for the new campaign?

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Ahead of BT Sport's first live game, Saturday's clash between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton, we decided to take a closer look at this year's 20 participants.

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Here, we run the rule over Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley and Cardiff City in the first instalment of an exclusive four-part series.

ARSENAL

Star man – Gregarious Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal fans a taste of his talent with nine goals and four assists in the final ten matches of last season. His link-up play with fellow forward Alexandre Lacazette offered plenty of promise of a potent attack.

One to watch – Mesut Ozil. The much-maligned midfielder has plenty of competition now and must respond after a disappointing World Cup. In the aftermath of his acrimonious international retirement post-Russia, he can now focus all his energy on Arsenal and the Gunners will hope to reap the full benefits.

Key new arrival – The perennial criticism of Arsenal in recent campaigns has been their perceived ‘soft underbelly’ in midfield. Uruguay international Lucas Torreira has arrived on the back of an impressive World Cup, featuring in all of their five games, having made 71 appearances during two seasons as a pivotal part of Sampdoria’s success. Finally it looks like the Gunners will have some bite in the middle of the park.

Season objective – Top-four return. It might not be a trophy (stop sniggering at the back!), but it would provide tangible progress for new boss Unai Emery in his first season in charge.

Worth a flutter – Top London club 9/4 (Bet365)

AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Star man – Jermain Defoe. The former England international leads by example with exemplary work rate and is a constant menace for defences. The 35-year-old still fires in spectacular goals, too, and if he can stay injury-free he should be a huge asset for the Cherries.

One to watch – Tyrone Mings. The talented and versatile defender has been blighted by a succession of injuries in the past two seasons, but should help provide plenty of steel to the Bournemouth backline.

Key new arrival – David Brooks. The summer acquisition from Sheffield United looks to be a decent buy. His pace and direct play have already made the former Manchester City academy prodigy a Wales international. Nippy and forward thinking, Brooks fits well within the Eddie Howe philosophy.

Season objective – Continuity is key. Another season without the threat of relegation and maybe a cup run would be a great return for Eddie Howe's men.

Worth a flutter  Eddie Howe the next manager to leave his post 16/1 (Ladbrokes)

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Star man – Pascal Gross. The German enjoyed a stunning debut season in the Premier League, notching up seven goals and eight assists for the Seagulls. His creativity and set-piece delivery proved fruitful weapons for Chris Hughton’s side.

One to watch – Alireza Jahanbakhsh. The club-record signing from AZ finished last season as the Eredivisie top scorer with 21 goals. And having also racked up 12 assists in the process, the Iran World Cup star will add a new dimension to an attack that often relied too heavlily on Gross and veteran striker Glenn Murray last term.

Key new arrival  Yves Bissouma. The Mali international arrives on the back of two standout seasons in the heart of Lille’s midfield. He relishes a tackle and is not afraid of travelling with the ball in a bid to create opportunities in the final third. With a fair wind, he could quickly become a fan favourite at the Amex Stadium.

Season objective – Survival.

Worth a flutter – Jurgen Locadia to be top Brighton league scorer 8/1 (William Hill)

BURNLEY

Star man – Towering striker Chris Wood seamlessly adapted to Premier League football with 11 goals in his opening campaign. A relentless aerial threat, the 26-year-old is an integral part of Sean Dyche’s plans for the Clarets.

One to watch – Robbie Brady. A great dead-ball specialist who was desperately unlucky to suffer a serious knee injury last December. His comeback against Montpellier last month proved short-lived but if he can regain full fitness soon, expect him to establish himself as a key component of the Burnley team.

Key new arrival – Ben Gibson. The Clarets left it very late to do their business this summer but the arrival of Gibson for £15 million looks another shrewd Dyche purchase. The former England Under-21 star excelled in the top flight for Middlesbrough in 2016-17 despite their relegation and will provide much-needed competition for fellow centre-halves Ben Mee and James Tarkowski.

Season objective – To remain in the mix with the Europa League places - and hopefully reach the group stages of this year's competition.

Worth a flutter – Top-six finish – 25/1 (Bet365)

CARDIFF CITY

Star man  Junior Hoilett. Few players in the Cardiff ranks have Premier League pedigree and the Canadian can pass on his experience with Blackburn and QPR to his team-mates.

One to watch – With 19 goals and seven assists notched up in the Championship last season, former Bristol City forward Bobby Reid will be eager to grab his chance in the top flight. Boss Neil Warnock, as ever, will also probably provide plenty of touchline entertainment.

Key new arrival – Josh Murphy. The 23-year-old winger came through the Norwich ranks alongside his twin brother Jacob and will hope to disrupt Premier League back lines with his pace.

Season objective – To enjoy their Premier League return, ideally while avoiding relegation.

Worth a flutter – Top-half finish 12/1 (Bet365)

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