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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Arsenal Fire Warning Shots

Do not be fooled by the recent murmurings of unrest in north London; despite not having won the Premier League since the 2003-4 season, Arsenal will be this season’s surprise package and the biggest threat to the Etihad.

Manchester City boss, Roberto Mancini, should fear red this season, but not that of their cross-city rivals, Manchester United, who remain eternally popular with fans placing a football bet.  

As United look to complete the signing of Robin van Persie, Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger, has been astutely recruiting this summer.

In stark contrast to his haphazard approach last season, which saw the last minute panic buys of Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker, following the departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, the French man has used his cheque book wisely.

Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla, and Oliver Giroud are all fantastic additions to a squad that finished last season so strongly. Wenger has not messed up this time and, with just over two weeks till the transfer deadline closes, the Emirates club have made the soundest purchases of any top flight team.

Podolski has proven his worth at the highest level of football, shining in German colours. Cazorla is a class act who has shone in La Liga with Malaga and Villareal, drawing comparisons with a certain Fabregas. Giroud is a striker who has the muscle and presence that Wenger’s team have lacked in recent years.

Theo Walcott is maturing into a fine winger and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be a year older. The future’s bright, but this year it will be red.

Meanwhile, title hopefuls, Chelsea, have lumped their money on skilful ball players, but not replaced the might of Didier Drogba.

With a style of football that does not suit ‘tikka-takka’ football and an obscene amount of pressure on Roberto Di Matteo, the Blues will plummet this year.

Last year’s runners-up, Manchester United, have done little to bolster an average side – who were lucky to be going into the final game of the season with a chance of winning – and Liverpool are simply nowhere near the level of Manchester City.

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