Chelsea and Arsenal face a summer of upheaval and there is absolutely no guarantee that either of them will emerge in any sort of condition to challenge for the title next season or for that matter, a top-four spot.
Chelsea faces the prospect of a transfer ban, no Eden Hazard and probably having to find a new manager, that is a set of obstacles that any club would struggle to navigate.
Arsenal has a very limited transfer budget, defence and midfield that needs rebuilding, no Champions League football and the prospect of losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
When you compare all that with what Man Utd and Tottenham have to do in the summer you can see the task ahead for the Europa League finalists.
Spurs will have money to spend, they have their new stadium, a strong squad, albeit one that needs more depth and of course, are now a very attractive club to play for.
United have a bank full of money and will spend it freely and should be able to bring in top quality players despite the fact they will be lacking Champions League football.
Of Chelsea and Arsenal, you have to think it is the blues that face the harder task. If they cannot replace Hazard they will be severely weakened, even the most die-hard Chelsea fan will admit they are a significantly lesser team without their best player.
Whatever way you look at it, Chelsea and Arsenal have a critical summer ahead of them and what that could define next season for them before a ball is even kicked.
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