Early Contenders For Best Transfer

Just a handful of games gone but we thought we’d take a look at the stand out transfers from the premier league this season…

Santi Cazorla
Arsenal
While Arsenal have struggled to find the net this season, Santi Cazorla has been Arsenal’s key creator – making chances that Giroud and Podolski need to start finishing. Cazorla probes, looking for the killer pass and always looks like he has time on the ball.

Eden Hazard
Chelsea
Hazard looked a little lightweight in the Charity Shield and there were fears that the Premier League would be too physical for him to hit the ground running. In truth, Hazard has been an assist machine – creating almost every goal that Chelsea have scored, something Fernando Torres will be very happy about.

Michu
Swansea
Very few people knew anything about Michu until Swansea’s opening game of the season against QPR. Michu weighed in with a couple of well taken goals and announced his arrival to the rest of the league, since then he’s scored in all Swansea’s games and continues to look very impressive.

Robin Van Persie
Manchester United
After a poor Euro 2012 with Holland, Van Persie had the small matter of sorting out his exit from Arsenal. RVP opted to join Manchester United and is fast becoming their main goal threat. Few will be surprised as RVP has scored goals throughout his career but it sure is taking some adjusting to seeing Van Persie in a United kit!

Shinji Kagawa
Manchester United
Playing in Manchester United’s midfield is not easy, you either follow in the footsteps of one of the greats or you disappear like one of the many flops. The early signs suggest that Kagawa could have a great career ahead of him at United. A midfielder that weighs in with his fair share of goals has been missing at Old Trafford in recent years. Is Kagawa the man to fill the void?

Walcott Rejects New Arsenal Contract

Arsenal fans are currently pretending that they never rated Theo Walcott as the winger has rejected the contract offered offered to him from Arsenal.

Walcott seems to be set to follow in the footsteps of Van Persie, Fabregas, Nasri, Song and many more as Arsenal’s star performers have set a trend for leaving the club as they hit their prime.

Despite fans attempts to play it down, Walcott would be missed by Arsenal, his goals and assists have contributed to their continuing appearances in the champions league. Walcott has the ability to change a game, something Spurs fans know only too well after he was instrumental in the gunners 5-2 victory over Spurs last season.

Andy Carroll To AC Milan. Has The World Gone Mad?

I’m struggling with this one. Ok AC Milan aren’t the giants of Europe that they once were but they’re still a very good team, only a handful of teams around Europe would have realistic hopes of beating them in the Champions League, so why are they interested in the Liverpool flop?

Carroll finds himself in a strange situation, he’s clearly not fancied by Brendan Rodgers and his contract at Liverpool makes it difficult for him to move elsewhere. Few teams would be willing to take on Carroll’s hefty wages without assurances on a good goal return.

Personally I think Carroll would be wise to take a step down the league table, score some goals and get his confidence back. The likes of QPR, West Ham, possibly even Aston Villa would be a good fit for Carroll, he could get a good run of matches and start hitting the net again.

Who knows, it may just work out for Carroll at Milan, I’m not known for my accurate predictions (Demba Cisse to flop at Newcastle, remember that one?).

The Premier League Is Back – Football Banter Podcast

It’s back and it’s better than ever! The team review the first weekend’s action of the 2012/13 season…

Does The Signing Of Robin Van Persie Shift The Power

Manchester United’s recent acquisition of Dutch striker Robin Van Persie has been cited by many as the signing that shifts the power back in United’s favour and out of Manchester City’s hands.

Van Persie is a good player, no doubt about that but I’m not sure he’s what United have been missing. At times United have looked a bit light at the back – possibly due to a bit of bad luck with injuries to defenders last season, and very light in midfield. Van Persie of course may push Rooney back to playing more like an attacking midfielder, but the good start to the season from Shinji Kagawa suggests that he’s set on claiming that position as his own.

United have bought well over the summer, they strengthened where they needed to but whether they have the squad to compete with City remains to be seen. Many would suggest that what United really needed was a successor to Paul Scholes. Easier said than done. Ferguson has tried unsuccessfully for years to find a successor to Scholes, players of that calibre are few and far between and perhaps more importantly, out of United’s price range. If City, Madrid or Barcelona want a player badly enough, they find the money. United have to be a little more cautious.

Perhaps Van Persie could be the difference between the Manchester clubs this season, but he will need to stay fit, something which he struggled with during his Arsenal career. Van Persie averaged just 24 league games a season during his time in London. United will need a lot more from the Dutchman.

Business As Usual On Opening Weekend

The first day of the 2012/13 Premier League season was supposed to show us what we’d been missing, new faces were on show, particularly in the dug-outs where AVB took charge of Spurs and Brendan Rodgers oversaw Liverpool.

Unsurprisingly, Arsenal without talismanic striker Robin Van Persie who will be wearing the red of Manchester United this season struggled to score in their opening match against Sunderland. Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will be even more aware of the pressures they face after failing to hit the net.

Elsewhere Spurs’ gamble on Andre Villas-Boas could really prove to be the talking point of the season. Spurs were beaten by Alan Pardew’s Newcastle who have started the new season where they left the last.

Liverpool took an absolute pasting at the hands of West Brom, perhaps it could have been a different story had Luis Suarez not have been so wasteful in front of goal in the first half (déjà vu anyone?). Brendan Rodgers is a man with a big challenge ahead of him.

It would be stupid to draw conclusions from the opening day’s games, particularly as we haven’t seen a lot of the teams yet but that’s exactly what we’re going to do…

Liverpool won’t make the top 4 this season, nor will Spurs. Manchester City will win the league with Manchester United running them close, Robin Van Persie will become injured at a crucial time. Newcastle will once again narrowly miss out on the top 4. Somehow Arsenal will make it however with Chelsea finishing third.

Feel free to mock us in the comments when we are proved completely wrong. Or just do it now, either way is good.