Newcomer Brentford opens Premier League by beating Arsenal
Newcomer Brentford opens Premier League by beating Arsenal

The English Premier League kicks off its season this weekend, and an elite quarter of clubs - Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool - appear to be in a healthy position heading into a 2021-22 campaign that will be played in front of capacity crowds for the first time in 17 months.

England's lucrative top division for some time has had a so-called "Big Six" of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal. Leicester City, an unlikely champion in 2016 and a fifth-place finisher the last two seasons, can rightly argue it should be a "Big Seven."

The coming season, though, looks to be a four-team race for the title, even if things could change dramatically by some late movement in a transfer window that closes on Aug. 31.

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