Champions 2017/18?

How do you think we will fare this season? Will the strengthening of the squad be enough to propel us to the Title? Will it be enough to regain our Top 4 status?

Here’s what BR thinks (subject to change depending upon results 🙂 )

Let’s look at the opposition, starting with:

Chelsea: We have recently  beaten them twice in two important games and lost a meaningless friendly. We are better than them – full stop. Yes, they may be Champions but I fear for them and doubt they can repeat their mid-season run of form which propelled them to the title. They are lacking in midfield (why sell Matic??), are half the side without Hazard and are about to sell their best attacker. Morata? €60m is a huge gamble on a man who has yet to play a full season in a first team (RM made €30m profit  on him after just 26 games!!).

We will finish above them.

Man City:  Spent a fortune – over €100m on just full backs! Almost €40m on a GK who has yet to gain a full International cap. If their first 11 stay fit and Stones starts to show why he is so highly rated they will do well.

Champions? A team with De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero, Gundogan and Sane will not be far off but somehow, they just don’t do it for me.

Man Utd. Mourinho has to deliver. Winning the Europa was good but not considering the massive investment made in the summer of ’16, Finishing just 6th could have been a sackable offence. Over €150m spent (added to the €165m last summer) makes this a hugely expensive squad. They have managed to recoup less than €10m in sales! MU should have the best squad and if they had a manager who had the slightest intention to entertain we should be happy to see such wonderful talent in the PL BUT they don’t, and MU remain a dull team to watch. The purchase of Lukaku points to a Route One season They were awful in the Supercup where Real Madrid made them look amateur.

MU should be favourites in a financially doped league.

Spurs: If any other team had achieved what Spurs have I would be delighted and rooting for them to go one step further – but it isn’t, it is Spurs and I have an innate dislike of anything Blue & White – to the point where I will not even allow a blue & white toothbrush into my bathroom. FairPlay to them, they have managed to retain the bulk of their squad (so far), sold players for massive profits and look potential Champions. But, there are two huge problems , firstly, they are playing at Wembley, and secondly, and much more importantly, they are Spurs.

Relegation awaits.

Liverpool: Dark horses. On paper they look excellent. Solid in every position. If they can keep Coutinho it will be a signal of their intent. Salah is a good signing and if Sturridge can form a partnership with Mane, they are strong in attack. Klopp remains a terrific addition to the PL . Good enough to move on and win the title? Good enough to maintain a top 4 place?

I doubt it.

Everton: Given their ambitions and expenditure they have to be considered. Koeman is doing very well and has created an excellent defence, strengthened by Pickford and Keane. Given the loss of Lukaku how will they cope in attack? Will Rooney have the legs? Where does he fit into the team? Not in midfield where Everton have Schneiderlin, Barkley, Davies and Barry. Goalscoring could be problematic.

6th

Arsenal: If Sanchez, Ozil and Ox stay plus we sign another body, then the title is ours. The development of Iwobi and Xhaka, plus the purchase of Lacazette means that both Ozil and Sanchez can leave in 2018. However,they need another season to bed in. Rumour abounds about Gabriel being sold but I doubt it, nor Chambers who has a future at AFC. Mustafi has had a bedding in season and the 3-4-3 means that we have choices, especially given the exciting arrival of Kolasinac.

Champions

written by Big Raddy

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27 Responses to Champions 2017/18?

  1. chas says:

    Cheers, BR

    I’d go……

    1st Arsenal
    2nd Man City
    3rd Man Utd
    4th Chelsea
    5th Everton
    6th Spuds

  2. Rasp says:

    Excellent Raddy … and the correct conclusion 🙂

    In past seasons we’ve been blighted by injuries. This season we’ve got the strongest squad ever (and in the EPL) ….. so much so that we’re not phased by missing Sanchez or Ozil.

    I think what is most important is what is going on in the heads of our players. We don’t want negativity in the dressing room… and so far no sign of that. If all the players are buying into the mission, and believing in themselves, we can win the league.

    It’s not about the other teams, its about The Arsenal.

  3. LB says:

    Good read and of course the correct prediction.

  4. Since 66 says:

    Agree Big R we have a great chance

  5. Rasp says:

    The big news of the day is that Poch has a big problem in the dressing room … his first team best 11 knows that every one of them could double their wages by going to any other top 6 side …. Danny Rose has started the revolt ….

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/4209426/tottenham-danny-rose-exclusive-wage-worth/

    Harry Kane, the Golden Boot winner 2 seasons in a row, is the highest paid player on 100k a week, Deli Ali is on 55k, it’s a miracle he’s kept that squad together this long.

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    Fine summation Raddy and one which I fully agree with – although we are more than a tad biased.

    In my mind the key to success for Arsenal has always revolved around injuries, we have been stricken throughout the last decade with serious injuries to many of our top players which I believe has cost us several titles. So I truly feel that if we manage to steer clear of debilitating injuries to our important players then we have every chance of securing the PL Championship.

    Now that is all depending on us having a settled dressing room and retaining Ox, Ozil and Sanchez for the full season.

  7. GunnerN5 says:

    Rasp, unrest at Tottenham is music to my ears. Frankly it’s unbelievable that their players have not rebelled against their low wages. With the added financial encumbrance of building a new stadium I see a bleak time ahead for them when the players contracts are up for renewal. The new normal for players wages may be a bridge too far for them to cross and we may see a mass exodus.

  8. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas leaving Liverpool out of your top six shows just how competitive the league has become.

  9. chas says:

    Soz.
    6th Liverpool
    7th Spuds

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  11. Aaron says:

    Optimistic write up, and can’t wait for Friday!

    As I posted on another….

    Arsenal are 1 or players away, but maybe….
    They have looked much better in the last 12 games then in a long time, and I am talking toughness, grittiness and a little bit of nastiness to go along with wonderful passing.

    I think this group should be able to squeeze out victories this year better than last-maturity and a few new players added to the mix, young ones playing better and jelling as a unit.

    manure, where do they get there printing press? lost count of how many players have come and gone in the last three years.
    they got passed off the pitch by an out of shape Real, and I got to see close up how well lukaku fisnishes-think courtois’s penalty.
    d looks average, and rashford does not yet have the body to play that many games without breaking down. Would enjoy seeing moaninho get the axe again mid year.

    pool are just Coutinho away from being good, not top class-he is as good as gone. Can they get a replacement this close to the start and assimilate him into Klopp’s system? Don’t believe it to be so. They should still be competive, but off of the top spot due to them running themselves into the ground as they have lately.

    spuds sold walker, trippier is injured and they are a song, erikkson and a kane away from mediocrity. The injury bug looms large for them, if they stay healthy, the will be competitive as they are well coached.

    $h*ty are one company and toure injury away from having a tough season in spite of all their offensive superpower. The money they spent is obscene, and if they don’t compete then they should be relegated, and everyone can get off pup’s sack for being the end all be all in coaches

    Hazard late, Costa off, and Morata not yet integrated- and he will not be the success many think he will be. Kante played into the earth and who will help him this year?
    Conte will have a sophomore slump and the blues will have the blues…

    Everton could give many teams problems, along with other teams on the up and up-dare I say Leicester….

    Health will determine many teams final place in the standings as it goes without saying, but many of those mentioned above have a lot of miles on them in the last few years or are relatively young to get so many games-including CL, and all the travel, and wear and tear that comes with it. (Arsenal have Europa, but Arsene might have other ideas with that as many know)

  12. GunnerN5 says:

    Very interesting Aaron, the more I read others opinions on our direct competition the more positive about Arsenal’s chance’s.

    It would be sooooooooooo! good if Spurs potential woes became reality and they end in up their accustomed position of 10th.

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  18. Zee says:

    Top of the morning to all,

    Today is the day!!

  19. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Great stuff chas

  20. JM says:

    ArsenaL with Alexandre Lacazette equals champions (from the start to finish line).
    Sead Kolašinac backs this statement.

  21. LB says:

    I could watch those questions between Mertasacker and Wenger all day long. Superb insight into their personalities.

  22. Big Raddy says:

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