Some neutral spectators may be questioning Robin Van Persieís logic as he looks for the door at Arsenal, after he cleverly forced Arsenalís hand and formed the catalyst behind the clubs recent spending spree.
Arsene Wenger is oft criticised for his shrewdness in the transfer market; as other teams take high value risks, Wenger continues to operate on a relative shoe-string budget. This has often confined Arsenal to a life just outside of the biggest players and limited silverware in the last 8 years. The latest batch of signings though could be perfectly timed.
Teams like Man United appear to be stagnating; Liverpool are on a voyage of discovery with Brendan Rogers – they could fall either way; Tottenham are in an area of uncertainty with Modric intent on leaving and Andre Villas Boas as yet unproven in the English game; Chelsea are under the tutelage of Di Matteo who despite his popularity amongst players, may lack the tactical nous and top flight experience to consistently win silverware. Arsenal seem the most stable and talented outfit from all of the pretenders to the throne.
Yet pretenders they still are; bookies and online casino, available for example through the paddy power app, rank them at odds of 10/1 or more to take the Premier League title. This seems most generous for a team who have Giroud, Podolski, Corzola, Arteta and Song at their disposal. Naming a team with more attacking talent than Arsenal in the whole of Europe is hard, once you venture outside the realms of Barca and Real. Perhaps Arsenal will offer a good bet for the Champions League if you donít fancy their chances in a long Premier League campaign.
There are many sides in the Premier League who seem to be in transition this season and therefore need their new players to gel quickly. False number nines are flooding the English game in their droves and teams are snapping them up in numbers. Arsenal has a core of decent talent but need their three new superstars ñ Giroud, Podolski and Corzola – to be ever-present if they are to compete.