Time to look at Arsenal’s Premier League opponents that have names that start with the letter ‘C’. How will their new arrivals fare?
Let’s start with newly-promoted Cardiff City. The Bluebirds will be on the crest of a wave after achieving Premier League status without the need of going through the play-offs. Much is expected of new £10m striker Bobby Reid, who has arrived from Bristol City. Josh Murphy cost a bit more than that, while the arrivals of Greg Cunningham and Alex Smithies have pushed the club’s outlay on transfers to around the £30m mark. The Bluebirds mean business, so the Premier League had better take note!
Now let’s move onto Chelsea, who finished just above Arsenal, last time out. Winning the FA Cup was obviously not enough for owner Roman Abramovich, who changes manager as often as some of us change underwear (no, not me!). Nevertheless, the arrival of new boss Maurizio Sarri may inject some life into a talented squad that under-achieved in the league. At least, Sarri will be able to get the best out of the £50m new arrival Jorginho, whom he knows well from his days at Napoli. Aside from that purchase, it’s all rumours rather than done deals. Then again, you have to wonder how much business the Blues need to do, given that only a year ago they were reigning champions. Most worrying for them is that Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois might depart.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are another kettle of fish in terms of financial clout. Thus far, the Eagles have only captured a Vicente Guaita from Getafe on a free. On the flip side, leaving Selhurst Park are Yohan Cabaye, Damien Delaney, Lee Chung-yong and Diego Cavalieri. You’d have to say that the squad look weaker this time around, unless boss Roy Hodgson brings in some more talent.
On the surface, it looks like Arsenal have done much better on the transfer front than Chelsea, but only time will tell.