A little late this week, but here nonetheless. Well what a fun packed week its been in the Premier League first of all. A few transfers going around on deadline day, but first lets talk about the hammering of Arsenal 8-2 by Man Utd.
Wow!, well I didn’t expect that one, but then I don’t think there were many betting slips with that scoreline on. Lets face it, Arsene Wenger and Co have had this coming for a looong time, and when it was at 4 I said that it could well go on to be 7 or 8 and you know what? it did. This was a real example of why I have tipped Man Utd for the title this year despite being a Chelsea fan and I just think that Utd have got an exciting blend of youth and experience. New keeper De Gea is finding his feet after a couple of dodgy games, but adapting to the Premier League is tricky for anyone coming in from another country. I am very surprised that Wenger has kept his job and perhaps the International break has come at just the right time for him for things to blow over. If he doesn’t get a really good result against Swansea next week then there may be very big changes at The Emirates.
Transfer Deadline Day was reasonably exciting aswell this year with a record £485M being spent before the close of the day for summer signings. The big movers were Scott Parker who has joined Tottenham from West Ham to end another ongoing tale. Arsenal were as expected one of the busiest clubs with quite a bit of cash being spent on some key positions. The biggest name coming in is Mikel Arteta from Arsenal which leaves the Merseyside club severely depleted in the experience area and they have lost a lot of creativity here.
Chelsea added to their summer signings with the capture of Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles in a £12M deal. An interesting one this, but he does add to the creativity on the pitch and he has enjoyed a decent couple of season at Liverpool recently, and he worked with Villas-Boas briefly at Porto so integrating him shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Elsewhere, Sneijder and Modric stayed where they were as I predicted although Chelsea did tempt Tottenham with a £40M bid for Modric which was rejected. I’m quite glad about that. Hes a good player, but nothing as good as £40M thats for sure. We have already wasted £50M on Torres, we don’t meed to lose more of it.
As its International weekend, I’ll mention that England breezed a 3-0 win last night in Bulgaria to almost certainly guarantee qualification to Euro 2012 and Rooney seemed to be back on top form again sporting a haircut akin to Gazza in 1990 and bagging two goals for the 3 Lions. Defender Gary Cahill scored the other and seems to be developing a very good partnership with captain John Terry in the absence of Rio Ferdinand due to injury.Scotland play the Czech Republic today in what is a must win game if Scotland are to keep any hope of qualification alive. I reckon that if they lose, its curtains for yet another major tournament.
The Football League games continue this weekend however, and West Ham face Portsmouth in what should be a win for The Hammers. They are finding form very quickly and are competing with the better teams in The Championship so far. Southampton are on a great charge and play host to Nottingham Forest whos manager Steve McLaren is rumoured to be having major problems with The Board regarding the lack of transfer funds that he was promised before taking the job as boss. “The Umbrella” maintains that he is staying, but I wouldn’t be surprised is he was first to lose his post this season, especially if The Saints give Forest a drubbing this afternoon.
More next week with a short preview of the Premier League’s return from International duty and any other exciting news from the week gone. Enjoy your week until then =)