Monday, August 20, 2007

Priemiership 07/08 season & the Anfield robbery

Well I was planning this post before the season starts but I only managed to get it through now. The latest installment of the battle of the 5 poles started and their have been alot of shake-ups that happened during the summer break. So lets look at who's in and who's out.

Arsenal - Arsenal probably took the biggest hit out of the big 4. They lost their leader, their snipper and their star. Thierry Henry is out, and boy am I glad when I heard that he is off to Braca.
So Arsene Wenger as usual proffered to go after anonymous young players and their is no mentionable addition to the team but considerable loses. I think their chances of earning much this season is slim to non, especially that they are pretty thin on quality reserves and have already been hit by the injury of Galas. Did I forget that the promising Reyes and the staple Ljungberg are out too ?

IN - Eduardo da Silva ; Lukasz Fabianski ; Havard Nordtveit ; Bacary Sagna
OUT - Thierry Henry; Jose Antonio Reyes ; Fredrik Ljungberg ; Fabrice Muamba ; Jeremie Aliadiere ; Mart Poom; Arturo Lupoli ; Matthew Connolly ; Kerrea Gilbert ; Johan Djourou

Chelsea - Well they didn't spend much at all, the main squad is slightly weaker on the defensive end this season which might cause them trouble as the season goes on.

two mentionable additions to the team, Florent Malouda from Lyon for 13.5mill (now thats not much compared to how much they spend usually) and Tal Ben Haim in defense to alleviate the loss of a couple major defensive players Geremi and Boulahrouz . couple of ongoing rumors are they are interested in acquiring the services of Daniel Alves from Sevilla and Arjen Robben is heading out to Real. It is still a solid team and definitely a major contender but I think it's starting to crack.

IN - Alex; Florent Malouda ; Steve Sidwell; Claudio Pizarro; Tal Ben Haim ; Danny Philliskirk ; Stuart Searle
OUT - Nuno Morais ; Yves Makabu-Ma-Kalamby ; Geremi ; Khalid Boulahrouz; Michael Mancienne ; Ben Sahar ; Scott Sinclair

Manchester United - The champions seem well poised to maintain their title, with the addition of Anderson, Hargreaves & Tevez they added even more depth to a team that seemed to be a bit of the tired end last season and boy did they spend some quids. Since they are the Manc am not gonna say much else other than Give up Gabriel Heinze already and you can go get Renato Augusto from Flamingo.

IN - Owen Hargreaves ; Nani ; Anderson ; Tomasz Kuszczak ; Carlos Tevez
OUT - Tim Howard ; Kieran Richardson ; Giuseppe Rossi; Alan Smith

Liverpool - Can you say a reshuffle ? A lot of quality additions solidifying offense and mid-field hopefully defense soon (with the acquisition of Hienze) and that might finally be the year !
On offense Bellamy & G9d (robbie fowler) are out, Fernando Torres and Voronin are in who promise to be a lethal combo in addition to Kyut and Crouch. At mid-field we have Benayoun and Babel who hopefully will adjust pretty quickly to the Anfield vibe. On paper this promises to be the most coherent and solid team we had in years and it's gonna be a blast watching it

IN - Fernando Torres ; Andriy Voronin ; Ryan Babel ; Yossi Benayoun; Lucas Leiva ; Sebastien Leto ; Nikolay Mihaylov ; Mikel San Jose ; Krisztian Nemeth; Andras Simon ; Charles Itandje
OUT - Robbie Fowler; Jerzy Dudek; Danny Guthrie ; Florent Sinama-Pongolle ; Luis Garcia ; Craig Bellamy ; Djibril Cisse ; Boudewijn Zenden ; Adam Hammill; Mark Gonzalez ; Scott Carson ; Lee Peltier; Miki Roque

Last night was Liverpool - chelsea clash in which the reds decimated the mercs but we had to be robbed of our 3 points by a stupid card happy referee who gave 2 yellow cards to a player but no reds, and with a line right out of genesis he created a penalty out of nothing !

ENJOY the season !

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