Previews & Summer Transfer Round-up: Arsenal, Chelsea & Man Utd

By on August 13, 2011

The Premier League returns this weekend, much to the relief of football fans who’ve awaited it since the end of last season, and whose nerves were rattled with the possibility of postponements due to the London riots. Thankfully nine of the ten fixtures have made it through with only Spurs vs Everton being called off. Here is a quick glance at a few of the fixtures.

WBA vs Man Utd

Reigning champions Manchester United start the defence of their title against Roy Hodgson’s West Brom, having added De Gea, Jones and Young to their ranks over the summer. With no sign of a central midfielder joining before the window closes, all eyes will be on Tom Cleverley who has impressed in pre-season and in previous loan spells.

West Brom completed the signing of Ireland striker Shane Long this week, the midlands club hoping he can bring goals to the club who relied heavily on Peter Odemwingie to score last season. Odemwingie is a doubt for the match.

Newcastle vs Arsenal

Arsenal travel to Newcastle, hoping a repeat of last season’s dramatic turnaround isn’t on the cards again. The Gunners look to be losing Fabregas and Nasri, but still have a talented squad with Aaron Ramsey looking close to regaining his pre-injury form.

Newcastle have lost Luis Enrique to Liverpool and Kevin Nolan to West Ham, and have spent the past couple of weeks in a war of words with temperamental midfielder Joey Barton. They have however signed striker Demba Ba who performed well on loan at West Ham last season and will add the goals the team were sorely missing.

Stoke vs Chelsea

The new Chelsea under Andre Villas-Boas travel north to take on a Stoke side which some believe has done the shrewdest business in the transfer window. Tony Pulis has added defenders Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson to the club, both moving without a fee. They also have interest in signing Tottenham’s Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch to further bolster their squad.

Chelsea are again without Michael Essien who injured his knee in training, which may give opportunity to highly rated youngster Josh McEachran. Up front, the London club have doubts over Fernando Torres, who is struggling with concussion but they can still pick from Drogba and Anelka. Daniel Sturridge who impressed on loan at Bolton for the latter part of last season is suspended and Romelu Lukaku hasn’t completed his transfer in time to play.

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9 Comments

  1. DAVSPURS

    August 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Two draws and a win i expect Chelsea Utd and Liverpool to struggle with new and old faces this year.Asenal win Utd Liverpool Chelsea draw

  2. Sunny

    August 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Chelsea will beat stoke 2 zero

  3. Austin

    August 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Chelsea 2 and stoke 0

  4. muhammad aminubala

    August 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Poul Pogba and Tom cleverly will be man utd first team this season

  5. Bismack Pa Be....... frm Imo State Nigeria

    August 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Chelsea ll beat Stoke 3-1, Man U ll win 2-1,Liverpool ll win 3-1, Arsenal ll play 2-2 draw,City ll trash swanse 3-0

  6. echowa

    August 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Purely arsenal we shall be up By 2:0

  7. soltro

    August 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    what a disgrace Barton is!

    It is a joke sending off as the aggresor holligan stays in the field and send the victm.
    I don’t think the the number of yellow cards and sending off is fair as the referee clearly favours Newcastle.
    Well done arsenal ! A good start against all the speculation and negative comments before the game.

  8. man u supporter

    August 15, 2011 at 7:02 am

    arsenal r sh#te

  9. Lucky

    August 15, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I love guinner

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