Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fabregas Will Inspire Arsenal This Season

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but Man United will pip them for the title
Mark Lawrenson/Mirror Football

Arsene Wenger was right to fight to keep Cesc Fabregas this summer.

And Arsenal and their captain will be rewarded with at least one trophy – and a strong push for the Premier League title.

Tomorrow’s clash at Anfield will see a meeting of Spanish World Cup stars who were tempted to return home.


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As far as the top six goes, with the top four now a thing of the past, I think it will look something like this: United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, City and Liverpool. I predict we will be champions every season, so I’m afraid this is a little less psychic and a little more habit, but that’s the way it goes.

You can never rule out teams like Chelsea, with a striker who scores for fun, but I just think we’ll be better than them this season. Will they improve on last season? Well a fit Michael Essien could certainly make a difference, but their backbone of Terry, Lampard and Drogba are all now another year closer to retirement, with JT’s form suffering massively last season..bla..bla..

Being honest, I don’t really rate the Arsenal team, and I was in two minds over putting them third. But I just feel like any Wenger team with the likes of Fabregas and van Persie shouldn’t be written off, but they really do look pretty flimsy. If they can get a top keeper in and Vermaelen does as well up front as he did defensively again this season, they will be a lot better off. It really can go either way for them, with Fabregas wanting to give one last hurrah and the young players who have so far failed to show the bottle to last the course of a season coming good. Or, Cesc spends the season frustrated that he was made to stay, the young players struggle under poor leadership, and butterfingers Almunia/Fabianski making a pig’s ear of their season again.

Spurs showed a mental toughness that had been lacking in their seasons before, managing to see off Arsenal, Chelsea and finally City in the final few games to win their battle to claim fourth spot. A different Spurs team with a different attitude to the sides before them that crumbled away when confronted with a challenge.

Contrary to popular belief, no I don’t think City are going to win the league. I must be mad, right? As their supporters have told us for years when criticising United, money buys success. Now they have more money than anything else, now they can success like United have done all these years, right? Wrong.

Of course we all enjoyed watching Liverpool’s failure last season. There’s no but here. It was so enjoyable. This season things have the potential to be different. They don’t have that joker of a manager and if Torres stays fit, they’ll certainly improve.

Doubts raised over MU's hopes of signing Mesut Ozil

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MU hopes of making the Germany international Mesut Ozil their fourth summer signing appear to have receded.

Asked about the chances of the 21-year-old moving to Old Trafford, one boardroom figure said he would be "surprised".