How timely came the international break in the world of Football, perhaps with an ice bucket to cool off the madness that follows transfer deadline day, as witnessed when the clock ran out at 11pm September 1st, signalling the end of business with a closing bell - except for those who had applied for extension due to their late incoming high profile shipments.
Arsenal, Man Utd: The Surprise, Money And Power Tussle - Olisa Chukwumah
Olisa Chuwkumah, gives expert view into the expectations from the big buys into the Premiership as they debut for their different clubs this weekend
For some, the double figure goal scoring personnel that promise a season turn around in fortune for fans of the big money spinners in Europe's elite clubs.Be not too soon with all the "economic formations", there's enough dull without our regular weekend openers in England, the Premier league; Spain's galaxy of Stars, Bundesliga goal fests in Germany that keep many of us happy on Friday nights. Many clubs were busy in the market to lure players in and out of ship, surplus requirements went. But we'll focus on those that kept fans biting their nails at Old Trafford, in wait to see their new acquisition from Colombia in the popular Red Devil shirt.
Leaving their arch-rivals at North London pondered, if the business done with foes on the red side of Manchester would be enough to kick the season into gear into gear.The SurpriseRadamel Falcao's £20 million loan move from Monaco to Manchester United was a big shocker - best termed a coup when news broke that the Colombian striker who missed the World Cup in Brazil with a knee injury, had agreed personal terms at United, which means the 28 year-old will miss out on Champions League football for yet another season.Money and Power:Well, for over £280,000 as reported new weekly wages for the former Atletico Madrid hit man, there's no time to waste.
Was it an ideal buy for Louis Van Gaal's team with the former Netherlands manager building new foundations? Or a lavish luxury to display the negotiation skills of the at United? The season provides enough windows to deduce many findings, and with the prospect of an attacking line up which includes Angel di Maria, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, plus a new defensive pairing with versatile Dutchman Daley Blind from Ajax and 24 year-old Argentine center-back from Sporting Lisbon - Marcos Rojo.
Van Gaal's tactics board will welcome the surge of quality injected into the squad, the kind of jolt he may need to restore confidence to a team with fans that have seen the unthinkable - losing 2-1 at Old Trafford in their opening day fixture with Swansea, their first home league defeat to the Swans in over two decades.A Necessary Evil:Arsene Wenger off coaching in a charity match in Rome but that did not stop the Gunners from doing their regular late business in the dying minutes of deadline day. Though the move required extensions before its completion, Arsenal signed on Danny Welbeck for £16 million on a long term deal from Manchester United. Now you know why our attention is glued with both clubs, Not every day do we see a Red devil move to the Emirates and if it did in the past, what profit did it bring? Take Mikael Silvestre for ensampleDanny Welbeck comes in as immediate cover for Olivier Giroud who is out on a long spell with a foot injury, and Radamel Falcao, is surely additional firepower were Robin Van Persie; who was top scorer in his final season with Arsenal before joining United to repeat the feat, winning the league under Sir Alex Ferguson's last term in charge.
At 31, the Flying Dutchman, though struggling with a knee injury aggravated in the summer while captaining the Netherlands to a third place-finish in Brazil, still is a handful for any defence in the Premiership.Clearly, we know which of both teams spent more and it's not any argument of who did the best business in the market, but one thing they'll have in common are visions of Europe.
Arsene Wenger's men have shown they have a penchant for qualifying into the group stages of the Champions league despite being tested on a many occasions. They may in recent times, have proven short in the race for the ultimate prize in English Football but don't bet against them for a top four finish. Who can forget the not so good old days; Highbury and the almost never ending blood feud when Manchester United and Arsenal clash, now they share weekends, derbies and all the spoils with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.For United; the restoration of order at Old Trafford starts when QPR come visiting on Sunday, September 13th.
Olisa Chukwumah is a Broadcast Journalist/Sports Anchor for Cool FM 96.9 and Nigeria Info 99.3 Lagos.
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