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					Who will fill Ronaldo’s boots?
                                                                                                                                                           Reds on a roll                       Arsenal stalwarts                   Attendances
                                                                                                                                                           • Manchester United will             • Arsenal have maintained           • Attendances have risen so
                                                                                                                                                           attempt to become the first          their top-flight status since       sharply during the life of the
                                                                                                                                         Hot shot          club to win four consecutive         the first season after the First    Premier League that Aston
                                                                                                                                                           English league titles this           World War
     Cristiano Ronaldo has           return to his scoring form of       Goodison Park. Michael                                          Emmanuel          season
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Villa’s average of 39,812 last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    season – the eighth best in the
     appeared among the              two seasons ago, while              Owen will be among the                                          Adebayor                                               In top flight since...
                                                                                                                                                           League title hat-tricks                                                  division – would have been the
Premier League’s top three           Robin van Persie, his former        leading scorers if he                                                                                                  1919     Arsenal                    highest in the league’s
goalscorers in the past three        Arsenal team-mate, could            maintains his pre-season                                                                                                                                   inaugural season of 1992-93
                                                                                                                                                                  Huddersfield Town             1954     Everton
seasons so who will replace          score a hatful if, for once, he     strike-rate with Manchester
him in the list after his
move from Manchester
                                     steers clear of injury. Jô’s
                                     scoring rate improved after
                                                                         United, while Jason
                                                                         Scotland, new to Wigan
                                                                                                                                                                  • 1923-24 to 1925-26          1962     Liverpool                                 2008-09
                                                                                                                                                                  Arsenal                       1975     Manchester United          Top eight
United to Real Madrid?               his January loan move to            Athletic, is an outside bet                                                              • 1932-33 to 1934-35                                              average
                                                                                                                                                                                                1978     Tottenham Hotspur          Premier
Emmanuel Adebayor will               Everton from Manchester             having scored a goal every
hope his switch to                   City, so he may relish his          two league games for                                                                                                   1988     Aston Villa                League
                                                                                                                                                                  Liverpool                                                         attendances         Man Utd
Manchester City can spark a          full season on loan at              Swansea City                                                                             • 1981-82 to 1983-84          1989     Chelsea                                        75,304
                                                                                                                                                                                                2001     Blackburn Rovers
                                                                                                                                                                  Man Utd
                                                                                                                                                                  • 1998-99 to 2000-01          2001     Bolton Wanderers
                                                                                                                                                                  • 2006-07 to 2008-09          2001     Fulham
                                                                                                                                                                                                2002     Manchester City
                                                                                                                                                           Poor neighbours                      2003     Portsmouth
                                                                                                                                                                        Armed with their        2005     West Ham United
                                                                                                                                                                        new riches,
                                                                                                                                                                                                2005     Wigan Athletic                                 Arsenal
                                                                                                                                                                        Manchester City
                                                                                                                                                                        have snatched           2007     Sunderland                                     60,040
                                                                                                                                                           Carlos Tévez from Manchester
                                                                                                                                                                                                2008     Hull City
                                                                                                                                                           United, but they must turn back
                                                                                                                                                           the tide of history to catch their   2008     Stoke City
                                                                                                                                                           neighbours. Since finishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                2009     Birmingham City
                                                                                                                                                           runners-up to Tottenham in the
                                                                                                                                                           1981 FA Cup Final, City have
                                                                                                                                                           been totally overshadowed by
                                                                                                                                                                                                2009     Burnley                   1992-93
                                                                                                                                                           their local rivals                   2009     Wolves                                         Newcastle
                                                                                                                                                           Since 1981                                                               Liverpool
                                                                                                                                                                                                City pose threat                       37,009
                                                                                                                                                           League titles
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Manchester City’s big
                                                                                                                                                                                                spending could bring some
                                                                                                                                                                 11                0            welcome change at the top of
                                                                                                                                                                                                the Premier League. The              Man Utd
                                                                                                                                                               United           City            same teams have filled the             35,132
Leading Premier                                                                                                                                                                                 top six for the past two years,
                                                                                                                                                           FA Cup Finals                        the first time this has
League goalscorers                                                                                                                                                                              happened since the league
                                                                                                                                                                                                began in 1888. The only                 Aston
            08-09                              07-08                                06-07                                                                       10                 0            change was Liverpool’s jump
                                                                                                                                                                                                from fourth to second,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Man City
                                                                                                                                                               United           City            pushing Chelsea and Arsenal
                                                                                                                                                                                                down a place each
                                                                                                                                                           League Cup finals                                                           Leeds
                                                                                                                                                                                                2007-08                                29,228
                                                                                                                                                                                                1 Man Utd
19 Nicolas Anelka                   31 Cristiano Ronaldo               20 Didier Drogba                                                                          7                 0            2 Chelsea                                               Chelsea
18 Cristiano Ronaldo                24 Fernando Torres                 18 Benni McCarthy
                                                                                                                                                               United           City            3 Arsenal                          Tottenham
16 Steven Gerrard                   24 Emmanuel Adebayor               17 Cristiano Ronaldo                                                                                                                                            27,878
                                                                                                                                                                                                4 Liverpool
                                                                                                                                                           European finals
                                                                                                                                                                                                5 Everton
Liverpool v United the race for 19                                                                                                                                                              6 Aston Villa                           Sheff

• Trailing by 11 to Liverpool in    last season with their great        could be a close tussle as the      Liverpool
                                                                                                                                                         14      4                 0                                                     Wed
league titles when the Premier      rivals’ record of 18 triumphs.      pair each seek a nineteenth                                                      12   United        City                2008-09
League started in 1992,             But Liverpool’s impressive          crown                                                                            10                                     1 Man Utd
                                                                                                                                                         8 Changes of manager                                                        Man City
Manchester United drew level        form last term suggests it                                                                                                                                  2 Liverpool
                                                                                                                                  1992                                                                                                24,698
                                                                                                                                  Start of                                                      3 Chelsea
                                                                                                            Man United            Premier
                                                                                                                                  League                 2            1          15             4 Arsenal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aston Villa
                                                                                                                                                         0                                      5 Everton                              24,403
1900         1910            1920            1930            1940            1950             1960       1970           1980   1990          2000   2010      United        City                6 Aston Villa

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