- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

LONDON (AP) - A team-by-team guide to the new Premier League season, which begins on Saturday, Aug. 16. Last season’s position in parentheses:

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ARSENAL (4th)

Arsene Wenger’s side ended a nine-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup in May. Wenger hopes his squad, bolstered by the summer addition of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and with record-signing Mesut Ozil settled, can now last the distance in the Premier League title race. The Gunners, who haven’t won the championship since 2004, spent much of last season on top only to finish fourth.

Key player: Forward Alexis Sanchez.

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ASTON VILLA (15th)

Manager Paul Lambert was hamstrung by lack of investment from an owner, Randy Lerner, who is trying to sell up, and troubled by backroom issues last season. But Lambert has the nucleus of a promising side.

Key player: Striker Christian Benteke.

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BURNLEY (promoted)

After returning to the Premier League after five years in the second tier, Burnley’s season will hinge on whether strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes can cut it in the top flight. Expect Sean Dyche’s well-drilled side to trouble visiting sides at the least.

Key player: Striker Danny Ings.

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CHELSEA (3rd)

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