Horrid end of transfer season leaves Arsenal in a huge lurch

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

By Andrew Ryan
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We'll spare the drama for Arsenal fans right now. Arsene Wenger is toast, and your team is going to be lucky to finish in the top half of the table in the Premier League this year.

The Gunners had themselves a miserable last couple days before the transfer window closed. They failed to really sign a notable player, and they led Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain go to Manchester City, both weakening themselves and strengthening a rival along the way.

But the biggest debauchery came when the club thought it had Thomas Lemar nailed down in the 11th hour. The move for Lemar was going to coincide a move of the disgruntled Alexis Sanchez to Liverpool. Now, instead of having Lemar in place, it's Sanchez who is going to be essentially stuck at the Emirates until at least January, and there's no doubt that he doesn't want to be there.

Now, Arsenal finds itself in a match against Bournemouth that is probably going to be a lot more difficult than you would think. The Cherries were awful on the road last season, and they're left without a point in three matches thus far in the 2017-18 campaign. But with dysfunction comes opportunity for the opposition, and that's exactly what Bournemouth is hoping happens in North London on Saturday.

As far as the other two teams caught up in the Arsenal transfer drama, Manchester City and Liverpool will play in a crucial top five tilt to kick off the weekend. City probably won't be debuting the Ox against the Reds, but they'll still be the comfortable favorites no less. Liverpool is still smarting, not only after failing to bring in Sanchez, but for not moving Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona or PSG as well. Coutinho could play through it all, but he's a disgruntled veteran as well who really wanted to be on the move. This match figures to be interesting, if nothing else, and it's a great chess match between two world-class managers who recently made their moves to England in Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

Chelsea's season is already off on some shaky footing. The team was beaten by Burnley at home to start the campaign, and that was followed up by a 2-1 win at Tottenham that easily could have gone the other way. Still, the Blues look good overall with six points of a possible nine. Their trip to Leicester City won't be the easiest, as the Foxes have historically looked really good here at King Power Stadium.

Sunday's soirees are usually some of the best of the bunch, but this week, we've got potential relegation scraps on our hands.

Burnley and Crystal Palace are only on the fringes of that relegation discussion at this point. Neither team really has to believe that it's in line for the drop, but neither one will feel all that safe until it reaches 40 points.

Swansea City, meanwhile, narrowly avoided the drop to Championship last season and will be hoping to avoid a horrid defeat at Liberty Stadium against newcomers, Newcastle United.

The weekend actually wraps up on Monday in Match Day 4 in the EPL. West Ham, left without a point and with the worst defensive marks in the league through three matches with 10 goals allowed, will take on the hottest new thing in England. Huddersfield Town started the season as odds-on favorites to be relegated, yet it has seven points in three matches to kick off the campaign and will surely be live on the road in a match Slaven Bilic really needs to win to take some of the pressure off of him.

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