Xabi Alonso To Real Madrid for €34m. I think this hurts Liverpools chances to dethrone United.
United lost the most talent but have the deepest squad in Europe and the manager who is probably the best in the world at using all the players in their squad. (Although I think he made a mistake not starting Tevez in the CL final against Barca.) I think midfield could be a big problem.
Liverpool has lost Alonso. I don't know that Alberto Aquilani is a player of the same quality as Alonso.
Chelsea has added Zhirkov and not lost anyone that I can remember. But some of their key players are another year older and who knows whether Zhirkov will do well or be another one of those players who look great but can't cut it in the Premier league.
Arsenal lost Toure and Adebayor. I think people have greatly overestimated the impact the loss of Adebayor will have on Arsenal. Arsenal will have Arshavin for the entire season and Eduardo is supposed to be fit. However, they still need a holding midfielder. If they can pick one up, I think they will surprise people.
Manchester City added a lot of offense but needed defense. I think Mark Hughes is living on borrowed time and they are not ready to challenge for the top spot.
Based on bookmaker's odds the betting public has made Chelsea the favorites, but I think that the trophy will stay at Old Trafford. If City break into the top four - and I don't think they will - I think it will be at the expese of Chelsea. (That maybe just wishful thinking because I detest Chelsea.)
Or perhaps at the expense of Liverpool, especially since Alonso is now gone.Based on bookmaker's odds the betting public has made Chelsea the favorites, but I think that the trophy will stay at Old Trafford. If City break into the top four - and I don't think they will - I think it will be at the expese of Chelsea. (That maybe just wishful thinking because I detest Chelsea.
Liverpool always seems like the weakest link among the Big Four. It seems like Liverpool needs to go Wenger's way, or do it the good old way - developing good domestic players which isn't easy either. Otherwise, the club's lack of transfer funds might just kill it sooner or later.
I doubt Chelsea has much to worry about as they will always be among the top three, or even top two. They may not be as lethal as a couple of seasons ago, but they are still a very powerful team.
Man Utd... I'm not sure. I guess we can only judge the impact of Ronaldo and Tevez's departures and the influence of the replacements at least a few games into the season.
Though Man Utd seems to be extremely poor at penalties in Community Shield. Lost 4-1 to Chelsea.
Man City is interesting, but as you said they needed to boost their defence, and so far I don't think Mark Hughs has done much transfers on that. What about midfield anyway? Midfield is the heart of football but Hughs haven't made any midfield moves too, and he booted Elano away, which is incredulous.
Let's see what other buys Hughs will make.
And speaking of transfer funds... English football clubs seem to be spending in an unsustainable way. The expenses just keep going up. The bubble might just burst one day.
What do you think about Arsenal? A lot of peole are down on the team but I think they have the potential to be pretty good. Like Liverpool they need to avoid injuries which they weren't able to do last year.
Arsenal has a problem with consistency, which obviously is very important if they want to win anything at all. They cannot use the young excuse for much longer now, because even though the players did start young, it also meant they've been playing consistently for the past few years! Now doesn't that point to experience, especially in the case for Fabregas?
Arsenal is a really good team, but consistency is an issue. Had they not lost it one or two seasons ago (my memory's not working well now), I am sure they would have really given Man Utd a hard time. In fact, they looked set to become the champions of the year until they lost their consistency.
Perhaps their fortunes will improve this year, especially with Arshavin. He looked really good last season, but it remains to be seen if he still has that form and if he can maintain it.
It'll be interesting to see how Man Utd and Liverpool change, as they've lost the main points of their play.