Arsenal’s 2012-2013 pre-season has been somewhat overshadowed by the Van Persie saga which seems like it’ll rumble on into the new campaign. The flipside of this is that Arsenal’s new big name acquisitions have quietly slid into place setting Arsenal up for a genuine title challenge.
Perhaps the Arsenal board were prompted into action by the hostility they faced at the prospect of losing arguably the best player in the English game – RVP. Players the calibre of Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla will offer Arsenal a wealth of attacking creativity which will surely make Van Persie head for the exit in two minds.
A move to Man United naturally seems like a step up, but when you consider Arsenal’s current talent pool and compare it to Man United’s; the boundaries start to blur. Man United seem to have festered a tad in recent transfer markets – they may have Ferguson’s ‘winner’s mentality’ and an inherent ‘top of the table’ mind-set but that can’t propel them forever.
Arsenal’s odds for this season’s Premiership trophy fall generally around 10/1 or more, and as far as sports bets go, that looks a good one. Predicting the title winner is becoming much more difficult than in previous years with Man City still to genuinely establish themselves and teams like Chelsea undergoing a recent resurgence. This is reflected in the generous prices offered at the various bookies (I know, I know, I’ve to stay away from betting on Arsenal).
If we consider that Arsenal already have players such as Song and Arteta to augment their new stars, their attacking talent is arguably second to none. Barcelona have recently shown their interest in Song, a reminder of just how good a player he is. Wilshere is due to return by Christmas and Oxlade Chamberlain represents one of the best English talents in the game. Perhaps the dizzying heights of 2001 to 2004 are set to return and Wenger will finally overthrow Fergie for good.------------
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