If there is one thing the World Cup has taught us, it is not to jump to conclusions on some big names and dismiss others. Without naming anyone, it is obvious there have been massive flops from those with big expectations and outstanding performances from unheralded players. In a similar vein, it is a worrying sight as title rivals continue to strengthen front, left, right and centre while Arsene Wenger enjoys time on the beach but although there is a definite need to strengthen the Arsenal team, is the situation as dire as some would make it out to be?
In Liverpool, they have a coach who believes in attacking football that caught everyone off guard. It is safe to say they have been found out. When Liverpool played against Chelsea, they came up against a brick wall and lost convincingly. After Liverpool embarrassed Arsenal earlier in the season, Arsenal stormed right back in the FA cup on the way to the title. With the signings of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana from Southampton, Brandon Rodgers has stuck to his attacking principles. As admirable as this is, their defense is what might prove to be their downfall.
Chelsea has been busy with the signings of Fabregas and Costa adding to an already impressive roster as well as the return from loan of Thibaut Courtois from an impressive Atletico Madrid spell but a team is only as good as its coach. So what are the chances Chelsea are suddenly going to adopt an attacking approach and if they do not adopt an attacking approach, players will have to be sacrificed and spend time on the bench. Personnel on the pitch might change but do not expect Mourinho to change his boring…yet admittedly efficient style.
Manchester City may have won the Premier League but seem set to lose one of their most influential players, Yaya Toure, while the signings of Bacary Sagna and Fernando only sugar coat their shortcomings.
Manchester United have a new coach and two new signings in Herrera and Luke Shaw. This is where the problem lies. How quickly they will adapt to their new surroundings and their new teammates. If they do then they will be a force to reckon with.
Arsenal can rival any team when it comes to midfield and require a striker to compliment or replace Giroud depending on which side of the coin you fall. Another position that needs addressing is the right back position and while names have been bandied back and forth, Wenger continues to hold his cards close to his chest. Tottenham have already proved that massive player signings does not guarantee immediate success. Arsenal, with their current set up and one or two astute buys will be a force to reckon with.