Whats wrong at the Northern Part of London?

It was a very sad Sunday in the North of London yesterday as both the Manchester sides thrashed their North London rivals. Manchester City rocked White Hart Lane by beating their Champions League qualification rivals of last year by 5 goals to 1. Edin Dzeko went home with 4 cracking goals to his name.

Over to Old Trafford and it was Manchester United who thrashed their arch rivals Arsenal by 8 goals to 2. That was some beating.

North London was in humilation and embarrasement. Both the Manchester rivals showed what they are made up of and sent an early warning to all the other teams in the premier league.

Coming to their rivals, Chelsea have amassed 7 points out of the possible 9. Liverpool has also started well as they too are with 7 points out of their 3 games. The only two arguable title contenders that are left out behind are the two North London clubs: Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. So, what’s wrong with these two sides?

Lack of new faces?

Arsenal have already lost their two big name players, Samir Nasri and Francesc Fabregas this season to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively. They have still failed to sign any replacements for them. They have brought in only  major signing that is Gervinho who was sent off on the opening day against Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have brought in a replacement for the blunder-man Huerelho Gomes in the form of 41 year old goalkeeper Brad Fridel. They also last week announced the signing on Emmanuel Adebayor on loan. He couldn’t play yesterday because he was not legible for the game as his parent club is Manchester City. But still Harry Redknapp will think he’s not done yet. Maybe Spurs need a replacement for their injury-prone defender Jonathan Woodgate who signed for Stoke City recently. Apart from that, he also needs to sort the ongoing saga surrounding star player Luka Modric for good.

Both these sides have another 48 hours or so to bring in some big signings and compete to be at the top.

Is it injuries?

Spurs’ side has been plauged with injuries at the moment. Ledley King, William Gallas, Alan Hutton, Steven Pienaar are all injured. Yesterday they played without a defensive midfielder as all three weren’t available as Huddlestone wasn’t match fit, Sandro has got a knee problem and Palacios went for a medical at Stoke to complete his signing.

Arsenal were with suspensions for Gervinho and Frimpong who both picked up red cards in the Gunners’ first two games of the season. They also have some injuries. Both Wenger and Redknapp would be looking for their players to get fit quickly. Redknapp yesterday got another 3 injuries as Kranjcar got a slight groin problem, Lennon had a hamstring problem and Rafael Van Der Vaart tore a muscle in his ankle. It truly was a day to forget for the clubs from North London.

Was it wrong tactics?

Same old, same old. Both these sides have been playing their formations the same way as last season. But Redknapp made a big mistake yesterday by playing in two attacking midfielders. Arsenal meanwhile have problems of their own. They played the same like last season with nothing new.

We all know that the season has just started. But there could be some more hammering coming up for both these sides as they have nothing new to offer. This is a real wake up call for these two sides.

That said, i’m pretty sure that these two sides will bounce back. The only question is, when?

What do you think is wrong with these two sides? Do drop in your comment! 😀

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Breaking News: Arsenal agree terms with Manchester City over Samir Nasri

Arsenal can confirm that they have agreed terms with Manchester City over Samir Nasri.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who has spent three years with the Gunners, has been omitted from Arsenal’s squad which flies to Udinese this afternoon and instead will travel north for a medical.

The move will be subject to Nasri passing a medical and formal registration processes.

Nasri, who has been linked with City all summer, trained with Arsenal on Tuesday morning despite having told the manager Arsène Wenger that he did not want to be included in the squad to play Udinese on Wednesday.

The midfielder has since been given permission to travel to Manchester to undergo a medical and agree personal terms.

The move, believed to involve a fee of £22m, will mean a significant pay rise for the 24-year-old, who had previously rejected a new £90,000-a-week contract to stay at Arsenal.

The departure is another blow for Wenger, who signed Nasri in 2008 from Marseille for a fee of £15.8m. In July Wenger had insisted that he would not sell either Samir Nasri or Cesc Fabregas, both of whom have now gone. Wenger said: “Samir’s situation is clear for me. He stays. We are in a [financial] position where we can say ‘No’, and we will … Imagine the worst situation, that we lose Fábregas and Nasri; you cannot convince people that you are ambitious after that.”

Nasri’s move will put more pressure on Wenger to add signings to his squad, though one of his primary targets, Eden Hazard, is not for sale, according to his club Lille.

Lille general manager Frédéric Paquet told the BBC: “Eden will not be leaving this season. We are aware of interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe but we are not prepared to sell. He is very happy here, he understands our project and wants to stay for at least another year.”

5 Possible replacements of Fabregas for Arsenal

Yesterday saw an end to one of the biggest transfer sagas in the history of football. Francesc Fabregas, the now former Arsenal skipper completed his dream move back to his boyhood club Barcelona. Now, we all know that Arsenal are a fantastic footballing side with wonderful passing and movement. But they have been struggling a lot since the last couple of seasons and with their inspirational captain’s departure at this stage, they will certainly miss him (Fabregas) dearly. Fabregas serviced Arsenal for 8 years. Now let us see who can replace Fabregas for Arsene Wenger’s men.

1. Eden Hazard

This transfer looks highly unlikely as Lille themselves have said that Hazard is not for sale. BUT, Arsenal do have the cash this time around after selling Fabregas for around about 36mn. They can tempt Lille to sell him by putting in a huge offer.

The Belgian International can suit Arsenal’s quick passing style of play. He can give good support in midfield to Jack Wilshere. He is capable of scoring goals and making assists. He is one player that Wenger would be keenly looking for.

2. Aaron Ramsey

No one has really spoken about this guy yet. Ramsey, who is already in the Arsenal team, can be a real good replacement for Fabregas. Ramsey got a serious ankle injury 2 years ago but is back and fit again. Already having the Arsenal style of play inside him, Ramsey can become an Arsenal great, especially when you consider the fact that he is much more mature than everyone his age. He became the youngest captain of Wales recently.

After looking at his squad Wenger would certainly be looking out on Ramsey.

3. Xabi Alonso

After the arrival of Sahin and the kind of form Mesut Ozil is in, it looks like Alonso won’t get much game time at Real Madrid. Xabi Alonso, an ex-Liverpool player, is in a place where you never know what can happen in world football. Xabi Alonso is a kind of player who can play anywhere in midfield. Turning 30 this November, Xabi Alonso has the vision and the experience to help Arsenal get back to their winning ways, and he would be a great addition to Arsenal’s midfield.


4. Yoann Gourcuff

He will take time to settle in the premier league but his potential is there. His desire to play football is there. His arrival would make Arsenal really strong and make a new partnership between him and Robin Van Persie. And he can bring in his old Bordeaux partnership with Marouane Chamakh as well. His ability to split a defense in half, along with his technique and his eye for goal, would make him the perfect replacement for Fabregas and a perfect signing for Arsenal.

5. Willian

The Brazilian midfielder is really strong both physically and mentally and can shake the premier league with Arsenal. Willian is a very creative midfielder and he can fit into the Arsenal side perfectly. BUT will Shaktar Dontesk sell him? Thats the big question.




There are many possible replacements for Fabreagas and above are just 5 of them. Who do you think will actually replace him at Arsenal?