A total of 15 Argentine players will take part in this season’s English Premier League.
Last season’s league winners Manchester City will continue to count on their two Argentine representatives, Sergio AGUERO and Nicolas OTAMENDI. Meanwhile, neighboring Manchester United will have Marcos ROJO and Sergio ROMERO although ROMERO will be the second choice goalkeeper.
For Arsenal, Unai EMERY comes in as coach to replace long time Arsene WENGER but Emiliano MARTINEZ will likely find minutes hard to come by with Petr CECH and Bernd LENO ahead of him in the goalkeeping pecking order.
Chelsea have Willy CABALLERO, who had a disastrous FIFA World Cup with Argentina as their back-up goalkeeper. Thibaut COURTOIS has joined Real Madrid but the west London side have signed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper KEPA.
Long time servant of Crystal Palace Julian SPERONI has been with the club since 2004 and now 39 years old, only played 11 matches for his club last season.
One time hot prospect Luciano VIETTO has joined his first club in England as he made a season long loan deal switch over to Fulham. The former Racing Club striker will hope to revitalize his career in England.
Runner up with Argentina at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Federico FERNANDEZ remains in the English Premier League. After being relegated to the Championship last season with Swansea, FERNANDEZ has joined Newcastle United.
Tottenham Hotspur boast the only Argentine manager in the Premier League with Mauricio POCHETTINO at the helm. They also have the most Argentine players in one club in England with Erik LAMELA, Juan FOYTH and goalkeeper Paulo GAZZANIGA (one of five Argentine goalkeepers in the league) all wearing the legendary kit.
Erik LAMELA recently signed a contract renewal which would keep him at the club until 2022 and will hope that a proper run of form could get him back in the Argentina National Team. Former Estudiantes defender Juan FOYTH made only eight appearances last season, not a single one coming in the league. Paulo GAZZANIGA will be the second choice goalkeeper with World Cup winner Hugo Lloris as first choice.
For Watford, it’s Roberto PEREYRA who like Erik LAMELA, will hope to get minutes and impress enough to get called-up to the Argentina team.
West Ham United have two Argentine players but will only be able to count on one for the foreseeable future. Manuel LANZINI who missed out on the World Cup due to injury is expected to be out for most of this season. That leaves veteran Pablo ZABALETA as the only Argentine in the squad.
Here’s the entire list of Argentine players:
West Ham United:
Here are the English Premier League matches for this weekend:
Manchester United (Marcos ROJO, Sergio ROMERO) vs. Leicester City (Leonardo ULLOA)
Newcastle United (Federico FERNANDEZ) vs. Tottenham (Juan FOYTH, Paulo GAZZANIGA, Erik LAMELA)
Huddersfield vs. Chelsea (Willy CABALLERO)
Bournemouth vs. Cardiff
Watford (Roberto PEREYRA) vs. Brighton
Fulham (Luciano VIETTO) vs. Crystal Palace (Julian SPERONI)
Wolves vs. Everton
Southampton vs. Burnley
Liverpool vs. West Ham (Manuel LANZINI, Pablo ZABALETA)
Arsenal (Emiliano MARTINEZ) vs. Manchester City (Sergio AGUERO, Nicolas OTAMENDI)