Amazon may have started a new documentary series with Arsenal, but last weekend’s Premier League return truly was all or nothing.
As well as seeing 34 goals hit the back of the net (well 33 as Bruno Fernandes’ second did not technically hit the net), there was not a single draw out of the 10 opening matches.
Liverpool ’s terrifying attacking line may not have been bolstered by a new signing just yet, however, it appears stronger than ever.
This beggars the question, who has the best attacking options? Mirror Sport takes a look…
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Likely attacking line-up: Sancho, Rashford, Greenwood
Spare options: Edison Cavani, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James
Manchester United’s 5-1 demolition of fierce rivals Leeds United was reminiscent of the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Red Devils simply tore through Marcelo Bielsa’s side like the Red Arrows, and their clinical finishing threatened a cricket score at Old Trafford.
Bruno Fernandes may have scored a hat-trick, but Paul Pogba was the one really in charge.
With Scott McTominay and Fred holding fort at central midfield, Solskjaer deployed the Frenchman on the left hand side, where he had the freedom to roam for the ball, without having to worry about defensive duties.
Three of his assists came in the final third, while his second was a pinpoint 40 yard-pass into the path of the on-rushing Mason Greenwood.
It didn’t matter whether Leeds sat deep or if they pressed high – Pogba’s passing, and United’s runners sliced through every time.
Jadon Sancho will likely be added to the mix, while Marcus Rashford will also have a part to play soon when he recovers from injury.
When Rashford returns, Pogba is expected to return to his more familiar midfield position, while the likes of Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Daniel James may be forced to settle for bit-part roles this season.
Either way United are looking dangerous and they will take some stopping.
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Likelyattacking line-up: Mohammed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane
Spare options: Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino
Jurgen Klopp may have been without his iconic spectacles, but Liverpool’s attacking vision was as good as new.
When the action kicked off at Carrow Road, it appeared Roberto Firmino’s time of being the attacking glue that connected Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah was under threat.
The Brazilian was benched in favour of Diogo Jota whose recreated his pre-injury form of last season, with a well-taken goal in the first half.
But with Jurgen Klopp looking to keep legs fresh and ready, Firmino was brought on for the Portuguese star, and his performance shined brighter than his pearly white grin.
Klopp’s Liverpool side are without a doubt the strongest attacking unit while driving at opposition.
Mane, Salah, Jota, and Firmino are not only world class at dribbling at pace with the ball, they can also exchange passes and little flicks almost at full sprinting pace.
Norwich was powerless to stop the lightning-fast interchanges, and they will not be the last side to find themselves on the receiving end of Klopp’s rock and roll football.
Likelyattacking line-up: Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne
Spare options: Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres, Bernardo Silva
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side are like an orchestra at their best; however, some fine tuning looks to be needed.
They have been flat in their two consecutive 1-0 defeats by Leicester City in the Community Shield, and Spurs in the first Premier League match.
However, they are yet to welcome their whole squad back, while they also remain in the hunt for Harry Kane.
Jack Grealish’s £100million move looks like he will play as one of the central midfielders, and with the haggling between City and Spurs over Kane’s transfer fee showing no signs of stopping, De Bruyne could remain as a false nine.
He will likely be flanked by Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden on either side, while he can choose to drop in between the lines, or make a dart behind the opposition defence.
City demonstrated they had many different strings to their bow last season.
They can attack with speed and directness; they can slow the game down and if Raheem Sterling is included, they can burst in behind.
Foden, Grealish, and Mahrez are the best dribblers City, while De Bruyne’s shooting and passing is at this current moment, the best in the team.
If Kane is to move to the Etihad, then this line will likely be shaken up, but even if the England captain does not move, City undoubtedly boast a world-class attack.
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Likelyattacking line-up: Kai Havertz, Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner
Spare options: Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech
If you asked 20 Chelsea fans what their preferred attacking line-ups were, you would likely have 20 different variations.
The quality of all Thomas Tuchel’s options is unquestionable, but it’s unclear how the German will approach this season in terms of his attack.
Romelu Lukaku’s arrival would have excited the likes of Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, and Callum Hudson-Odoi more than Blues fans.
Antonio Conte’s management has made Lukaku the complete forward; developing his all-round game to the point he can also create chances and bring players into the game, rather than just finishing off attacks.
Indeed, the signing of the former Inter Milan and Manchester United hitman certainly strengthens the Blues’ attack.
They can attack aggressively with pace through Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, and Lukaku.
They can break down low blocks with intricate passing through Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, and Hakim Ziyech.
If these strategies do not work, they can throw caution to the wind and go direct with Lukaku’s and Havertz’s hold-up play and awareness.
Chelsea fans will certainly be licking their lips at the prospect of Lukaku and Co aiming to secure a Premier League title triumph this season.