Premier League Glance

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LONDON (AP) -A glance at the 20 Premier League clubs heading into the new season, kicking off Aug. 18:

ARSENAL

Nickname: Gunners.

Stadium: Emirates Stadium (capacity 60,355).

Manager: Arsene Wenger (since September 1996).

Honors: Champion 13 times (last in 2004), FA Cup 10 times (last in 2005), League Cup twice (last in 1993), Cup Winners' Cup (1994), Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1970).

Last season: 3rd.

New players: Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Lukas Podolski (FC Cologne), Santi Cazorla (Malaga).

Departed: Manuel Almunia (released), Gavin Hoyte (released).

ASTON VILLA

Nickname: Villans or Villa.

Stadium: Villa Park (42,788).

Manager: Paul Lambert (June 2012).

Honors: Champion seven times (last in 1981), FA Cup seven times (last in 1957), League Cup five times (last in 1996), European Cup (1982), European Super Cup (1983).

Last season: 16th.

New players: Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar), Karim El Ahmadi (FC Twente), Matthew Lowton (Sheffield United), Ron Vlaar (Feynoord).

Departed: Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland), Emile Heskey (released), James Collins (West Ham United).

CHELSEA

Nickname: The Blues.

Stadium: Stamford Bridge (41,841).

Manager: Roberto Di Matteo (January 2012).

Honors: League champion four times (last in 2010), FA Cup seven times (last in 2012), League Cup four times (last in 2007), Cup Winners' Cup twice (last in 1998), European Super Cup (1998) European Cup once (2012).

Last season: 6th.

New players: Marko Marin (Werder Bremen), Eden Hazard (Lille), Thorgan Hazard (Lens), Oscar (Internacional).

Departed: Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Jose Bosingwa (released).

EVERTON

Nickname: The Toffees.

Stadium: Goodison Park (40,157).

Manager: David Moyes (March 2002).

Honors: League champion nine times (last in 1987), FA Cup five times (last in 1995), Cup Winners' Cup (1985).

Last season: 7th.

New players: Steven Naismith (Rangers), Steven Pienaar (Tottenham).

Departed: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Marcus Hahnemann (released), James McFadden (released), Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce).

FULHAM

Nickname: The Cottagers.

Stadium: Craven Cottage (25,700).

Manager: Martin Jol (June 2011).

Honors: League best 7th in 2009, FA Cup runner-up (1975), Europa League runner-up 2010.

Last season: 9th.

New players: Hugo Rodallega (Wigan), Sascha Riether (FC Cologne), Mladen Petric (Hamburg).

Departed: Marcel Gecov (Gent), Danny Murphy (Blackburn), Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers), Bjorn Helge Riise (released).

LIVERPOOL

Nickname: The Reds.

Stadium: Anfield (45,362).

Manager: Brendan Rodgers (June 2012).

Honors: League champion 18 times (last in 1990), FA Cup seven times (last in 2006), League Cup eight times (last in 2012), European Cup five times (last in 2005), UEFA Cup three times (last in 2001), European Super Cup three times (last in 2005).

Last season: 8th.

New players: Fabio Borini (AS Roma).

Departed: Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Toni Silva (Barnsley), Fabio Aurelio (Gremio), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys), Stephen Darby (released), Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina).

MANCHESTER CITY

Nickname: The Sky Blues or Citizens.

Stadium: City of Manchester Stadium (47,726).

Manager: Roberto Mancini (December 2009).

Honors: League champion three times (last in 2012), FA Cup winner four times (last in 2011), League Cup winner twice (last in 1976), Cup Winners' Cup winner (1970).

Last season: 1st.

New players: None.

Departed: Wayne Bridge (Brighton & Hove Albion, loan), Owen Hargreaves (released), Vladimir Weiss (Pescara).

MANCHESTER UNITED

Nickname: The Red Devils.

Stadium: Old Trafford (76,212).

Manager: Alex Ferguson (November 1986).

Honors: League champion 19 times (last in 2011), FA Cup winner 11 times (last in 2004), League Cup four times (last in 2010), European Cup three times (last in 2008), Cup Winners' Cup (1991), World Club Cup twice (last in 2008), European Super Cup (1991).

Last season: 2nd.

New players: Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Nick Powell (Crewe Alexandra).

Departed: Park Ji-sung Park (Queens Park Rangers), Fabio Da Silva (Queens Park Rangers, loan), Ritchie De Laet (Leicester), Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton & Hove Albion), Michael Owen (released), Paul Pogba (Juventus).

NEWCASTLE

Nickname: The Magpies.

Stadium: St. James' Park (52,387).

Manager: Alan Pardew (December 2010).

Honors: League champion four times (last in 1927), FA Cup six times (last in 1955), Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winner (1969), UEFA Intertoto Cup winner (2006).

Last season: 5th.

New players: Romain Amalfitano (Reims), Gael Bigirimana (Coventry), Curtis Good (Melbourne Heart).

Departures: Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers), Fraser Forster (Celtic), Danny Guthrie (Reading), Peter Lovenkrands (released), Alan Smith (released).

NORWICH

Nickname: The Canaries.

Stadium: Carrow Road (27,033).

Manager: Chris Hughton (June 2012).

Honors: League Cup twice (last in 1985).

Last season: 12th.

New Players: Jacob Butterfield (Barnsley), Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United), Steven Whittaker (Rangers), Michael Turner (Sunderland).

Departures: Zak Whitbread (released), Aaron Wilbraham (released).

QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Nickname: The Hoops.

Stadium: Loftus Road (18,360).

Manager: Mark Hughes (January 2012).

Honors: League Cup once (1967).

Last season: 17th.

New Players: Park Ji-sung (Manchester United), Andrew Johnson (Fulham), Robert Green (West Ham), Fabio Da Silva (Manchester United, loan), Ryan Nelsen (Tottenham), Samba Diakite (Nancy), Junior Hoilett (Blackburn).

Departures: Patrick Agyemang (released), Daniel Gabbidon (released), Fitz Hall (released), Paddy Kenny (Leeds), Daniel Shittu (released).

READING

Nickname: The Royals.

Stadium: The Madejski Stadium (24,161).

Manager: Brian McDermott (January 2010).

Honors: League best 8th in 2007.

Last season: Promoted as second-tier winners.

New players: Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Danny Guthrie (Newcastle), Adrian Mariappa (Watford), Garath McCleary (Nottingham Forest), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Stuttgart), Nicky Shorey (West Bromwich Albion).

Departures: None.

SOUTHAMPTON

Nickname: Saints.

Stadium: St. Marys (32,689).

Manager: Nigel Adkins (September 2010).

Honors: FA Cup once (1976).

Last season: Promoted as second-tier runnerup.

New Players: Steven Davis (Rangers), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace), Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) Paulo Gazzaniga (Gillingham).

Departures: Dan Harding (Nottingham Forest).

STOKE

Nickname: The Potters.

Stadium: Britannia Stadium (28,383).

Manager: Tony Pulis (June 2006).

Honors: League best finish 4th in 1936 and 1947, League Cup winner (1972).

Last season: 14th.

New players: Jamie Ness (Rangers).

Departed: Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough), Andrew Davies (released), Salif Diao (released), Ricardo Fuller (released), Louis Moult (released), Thomas Soares (released).

SUNDERLAND

Nickname: The Black Cats.

Stadium: Stadium of Light (49,000).

Manager: Martin O'Neil (December 2011).

Honors: League champion six times (last in 1936), FA Cup twice (last in 1973).

Last season: 13th.

New players: Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).

Departed: Jordan Cook (released), Craig Gordon (released), Asamoah Gyan (Al-Ain), George McCartney (West Ham), Michael Turner (Norwich).

SWANSEA

Nickname: The Swans.

Stadium: Liberty Stadium (20,532).

Manager: Michael Laudrup (June 2012).

Honors: Playoff champions 2011.

Last season: 11th.

New players: Jose Manuel Flores (Genoa), Jonathan De Guzman (Villareal, loan), Michu (Rayo Vallecano).

Departed: None.

TOTTENHAM

Nickname: Spurs.

Stadium: White Hart Lane (36,310).

Manager: Harry Redknapp (November 2008).

Honors: League champion twice (last in 1961), FA Cup winner eight times (last in 1991), League Cup four times (last in 2008), Cup Winners' Cup (1963), UEFA Cup twice (last in 1984).

Last season: 4th.

New players: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Hoffenheim), Jan Vertonghen (Ajax).

Departed: Ben Alnwick (Barnsley), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev), Ryan Nelsen (Queens Park Rangers), Louis Saha (released), Steven Pienaar (Everton).

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Nickname: The Baggies.

Stadium: The Hawthorns (26,500).

Manager: Steve Clarke (June 2012).

Honors: League champion (1920), FA Cup five times (last in 1968), League Cup (1966).

Last season: 10th.

New players: Yassine El Ghanassy (Gent, loan), Ben Foster (Birmingham), Claudio Yacob (Racing Club), Marcus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen).

Departed: Keith Andrews (released), Marton Fulop (released), Paul Scharner (released), Nicky Shorey (Reading), Somen Tchoyi (released).

WEST HAM

Nickname: The Hammers.

Stadium: Upton Park (35,016).

Manager: Sam Allardyce (June 2011).

Honors: Three times FA Cup (last 1980), European Cup Winners Cup (1965).

Last season: Promoted as play-off winner.

New Players: Mohamed Diame (Wigan), Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth), Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton), George McCartney (Sunderland), Modibo Maiga (Sochaux), Raphael Spiegel (Grasshopper Club Zurich), James Collins (Aston Villa).

Departures: Pablo Barrera (Cruz Azul), Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers), Frank Nouble (released), Freddie Sears (Colchester), Ravel Morrison (Birmingham, loan).

WIGAN

Nickname: The Latics.

Stadium: DW Stadium (25,138).

Manager: Roberto Martinez (June 2009).

Honors: League best finish 10th in 2006, FA Cup best quarterfinals in 1987, League Cup best quarterfinals in 2003.

Last season: 15th.

New players: Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen), Ivan Ramis (Real Mallorca).

Departed: Mohamed Diame (West Ham), Steve Gohouri (released), Chris Kirkland (released), Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

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