Super Sunday sees the triple champions, Arsenal – well, perhaps that’s stretching a point or three, but Gooners will gleefully accept it – taking on West Ham. The Emirates Cup, the Barclays Asian Trophy and now, repeated again the Community Shield is hardly the stuff of legends, but in the Prem the Gunners must deliver this time round – surely? The Hammers, complete with new manager Slaven Bilic and newly sur le continent via the Europa League will look to do better than last season’s respectable twelfth place under unpopular Sam Allardyce. But already injury rules OK as their Ecuadorian striker Enner Valencia is now out for up to three months and luckless Andy Carroll isn’t due back until October from his latest setback.
Newcastle v Southampton: interesting – very interesting. New Magpies boss Steve McClaren has been busy buying, and at St James’ Park three new names are a commentators nightmare, about as Geordie as a jar of Vegemite: Chancel Mbemba, Georgino Wijnaldum and Aleksander Mitrovic who collectively cost around £35m – who says owner Mike Ashley is tight? Well, apart from most of the Toon army, that is… Can those Saints keep marching in, or was last season a fluke? Also in t’Europa League, manager Ronald Koeman will do well to improve and break into the big league of the top six, but after last year’s astounding achievements that proved us all wrong, who knows?