Piers Morgan reveals his biggest Prem predictions – and it’s bad news for his beloved Arsenal


PIERS MORGAN’S beloved Arsenal take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League opener on Friday night.

Here, Piers takes us through his predictions — including why his Gunners may make him cringe, what is going to happen to Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford and his possible hits or misses for 2022-23…

Arsenal have enjoyed a strong pre-season but Piers Morgan fears Tottenham will be even better than them in 2022-23

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Arsenal have enjoyed a strong pre-season but Piers Morgan fears Tottenham will be even better than them in 2022-23Credit: Reuters
Tottenham have improved in this summer's transfer market - and still have Harry Kane and Son Heung-min

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Tottenham have improved in this summer’s transfer market – and still have Harry Kane and Son Heung-minCredit: Getty
Piers Morgan has shared his predictions for the upcoming 2022-23 Premier League season

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Piers Morgan has shared his predictions for the upcoming 2022-23 Premier League season

CHAMPIONS

Manchester City

The reigning champions have the best squad, best player (Kevin De Bruyne), best striker (Erling Haaland), and best manager.

I haven’t eaten in their players’ canteen but I bet that they have the best kale smoothies, too.

With Pep Guardiola, nothing is left to chance.

To understand just how strong his team will be, consider how he’s shipped out international stars of the quality of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to make space for exciting new signings like Haaland, Julian Alvarez and Kalvin Phillips.

This strategy is from the Sir Alex Ferguson playbook of constantly, ruthlessly reinvigorating winning teams, and it will work for City this season.

OTHER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLACES

2. Liverpool, 3. Tottenham, 4. Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp’s team will fall short of City because Darwin Nunez is no Sadio Mane, an underrated steely-eyed assassin whose departure was a huge blow to Liverpool’s title hopes.

As for my other picks, I’m convinced North London’s rivals will prevail over rouble-deprived Chelsea and a Manchester United side so awful that Cristiano Ronaldo will take a pay cut to leave them.

It kills me to put Spurs above Arsenal.

But I fear they have a stronger, smartly reinforced squad, the best strike force duo in Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, and in their magnificently volatile manager Antonio Conte, a natural-born winner who, unlike Mikel Arteta, will view coming third as a humiliating failure.

However, I’m more optimistic about Arsenal’s chances than for years.

Jesus looks like the divine intervention we’ve been craving upfront since the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang debacle, and a midfield bursting with youthful talent like Zinchenko, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe is exciting.

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RELEGATED

Bournemouth, Southampton, Fulham

None of them have done enough in the transfer window to survive — or deserve to survive.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT

Judging by the trailers, every second of Amazon’s upcoming All or Nothing series on Arsenal will be a cringe-making horror story.

Arteta comes across as an even weirder, bossier Pep-lite rookie headmaster than I feared him to be, and knowing how badly the season ends, I’d honestly rather watch someone hammer rusty nails into my flesh than relive it all again.

But I hope we finally get to see what really happened with Aubameyang that could possibly justify Arteta giving him away to Barcelona (and keeping goal-allergic Alexandre Lacazette who didn’t score in open play in the league from mid-December).

Spoiler alert: it won’t justify it.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Manchester United

The biggest bunch of overpaid, under-performing wastrels in Premier League history will have another terrible season.

So much expensive talent but so little dedication, commitment or pride in wearing those world-famous shirts.

New manager Erik ten Hag talks a good game but his transfer business so far has been seriously underwhelming and he will quickly discover his showboating Twitter-obsessed prima donnas just don’t have the right mentality to compete.

I doubt they will even make the top six.

Erling Haaland will brutalise the Premier League like King Kong did Manhattan once he's up to speed with English football

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Erling Haaland will brutalise the Premier League like King Kong did Manhattan once he’s up to speed with English footballCredit: Getty

GOLDEN BOOT

Erling “The Terminator” Haaland

The Norwegian will take a few weeks to settle in.

But once he does, he will do to Premier League defenders what King Kong did to Manhattan’s skyline.

If I was constructing a centre-forward specifically to dominate English football, it would be this 6ft 5in Norwegian monster.

There’s no weakness in Haaland’s game, and he plays with such power, ferocity, and chilling, smirking self-confidence.

Like all truly great strikers, he knows how good he is, and he’s right up there with the very best.

FIRST MANAGER SACKED

Ralph Hasenhuttl – Southampton

I’m amazed he’s still there, given how pathetically the Saints ended last season and the fact he’s already hinting he’ll retire when his contract expires in 2024, which is always a sign a manager knows the game’s up.

I suspect that retirement decision will be taken a lot earlier for him and he’ll be gone by Christmas.

FIRST MANAGER TO QUIT

Thomas Tuchel

The German will walk once Chelsea’s season hits the buffers around late February and his frustration explodes at not having Vladimir Putin’s pal Roman Abramovich to buy him out of trouble.

Cristiano Ronaldo will quit Man Utd this summer - and Piers doesn't blame him

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Cristiano Ronaldo will quit Man Utd this summer – and Piers doesn’t blame himCredit: PA

GREATEST ESCAPE

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo will extricate himself from his living nightmare at a rotting excuse for a giant global club that now bears no resemblance to the iconic place where he first cut his GOAT teeth.

He may be 37 but he’s still fitter than most players and scored 18 Premier League goals last season, second behind joint Golden Boot winners Mo Salah and Son.

Yet pathetic media snipers have blamed HIM for United’s woes which is utter nonsense. Without him, they’d have been fighting relegation.

Ronaldo’s looked at the dreadfully unambitious way United’s run these days — and the woefully entitled attitude of many of the younger players — and wants to run away from this trainwreck faster than United’s fastest fan, Usain Bolt.

I don’t blame him.

MOST LIKELY TO MAKE AN A*SE OF HIMSELF

Jack Grealish

…Probably for blowing a firework out of his backside on live TV after City finally win the Champions League.

Phil Foden will be involved, too, as always.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

Patrick Vieira

The Arsenal legend will get Crystal Palace into Europe.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kevin de Bruyne

De Bruyne, the league’s best all-round footballer.

I can give him no higher praise than to say he’s nearly as good as Dennis Bergkamp — sharing the Dutchman’s technical brilliance, Einstein-level football brain, and ice-cold temperament.

Kevin de Bruyne will storm to the Player of the year award, with Bukayo Saka winning the Young PotY gong, according to Piers

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Kevin de Bruyne will storm to the Player of the year award, with Bukayo Saka winning the Young PotY gong, according to PiersCredit: AFP

YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Bukayo Saka

This is the season that he makes the move up from class to world class.

MOST ANNOYING PLAYER

Paul Pogba

…Even though he’ll now be playing in Italy.

VILLAIN OF THE YEAR

VAR

It’s already infuriating me and the season hasn’t started yet.

Has there ever been a worse example of “progress” than this joyless, time-wrecking, nipple-spotting, pedantic pain in the derriere?

I hate VAR with a rare passion, and I hate those who like it even more.

BEST PUNDIT

Roy Keane

The snarling, demonic, twinkle-eyed mediocre-player-munching barbarian.

He’s just… ”quality”.

Runner-up: Micah Richards for smart analysis, the world’s most infectious laugh and his fearless Keano wind-ups.





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