He was the subject of a fair few of the many Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds of the football media this summer, but we now know that Pedro Rodriguez Laresma will not be joining us from Barcelona. According to Arsene Wenger, however, this particular transfer move was never on the cards.
While Arsenal fans are still patiently waiting (or pulling our hair out in frustration) for Arsene Wenger to add to the early signing of Petr Cech, we have at least had the comfort of seeing last season´s Premier League champions Chelsea struggle.
It is not often that Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger agree on anything, but they are totally in agreement that the British transfer window should close before the start of the season proper. The Portugese bus conductor was very emphatic about it.
As we approach Arsenal’s first League match of the season on Sunday, there is a lot of discussion about which teams should be favourites to win the Premier League title come May next year. All bookies are giving Chelsea as most likely to retain their title, with Arsenal given as third best (after Man City) at 4/1. But are those odds based on reality?
Arsenal owe Chelsea a huge thank you by Sam P
Although the Premier League season has not even started yet, it already looks as though Arsenal are set for a much better year. If Arsene Wenger and the likes of Ozil, Cazorla and Koscielny do end up as champions of England next year, they will owe Chelsea a huge note of thanks for the increasingly strange seeming decision to sell us their keeper Petr Cech.
Mikel Arteta has just endured a very difficult year, in personal terms at least, but it did end well for the Arsenal captain as he came on as a sub against Chelsea at Wembley last Sunday to help his team mates keep up the brilliant recent run of trophy success.
There was a great sense of relief when the promise of Arsenal’s fantastic pre-season culminated in a fantastic win over Chelsea. I certainly was relieved when the whistle was finally blown, to confirm that Arsene Wenger had gained his first ever win over the Portugese bus conductor at his 14th attempt.
There has been a lot of debate among Arsenal fans and talk in the football media about the striker situation at Arsenal. But for some reason the same can not be said of our big Premier League rivals Chelsea, despite them looking seriously short on fire power.