Danny Welbeck hasn’t even kicked a ball for Arsenal yet but he continues to divide fans. After his move from his boyhood club, Manchester United, the Red Devils boss claimed that Welbeck simply was not of the standard required at United. Considering that Arsenal have eyes for the title and United’s priority should be firmly on reclaiming their place in the Champions League, it will be fascinating to see how Welbeck’s season pans out.
There is an argument that Welbeck’s scoring record hasn’t been helped by being constantly played out of position during his time at Old Trafford. Two match-winning goals for England in their EURO 2016 qualifier should help Welbeck’s case for starting through the middle for his club this weekend? The opposition? Manchester City.
It’s fair to say that Manchester United haven’t had the start the would have liked this season. Two points, gained against Sunderland and Burnley are the sum total of their Premier League efforts, while a 4-0 mauling at the hands of third tier opposition highlighted how the players are struggling to adapt to the new 352 formation.
It isn’t all doom and gloom though, as this weekend should United’s big spending finally translate onto the pitch. Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Falcao should all play some part against QPR. LVG asked for 3 months patience while the players blend and become fluent with the new playing style, but the crowd at Old Trafford will be expecting to get their first win of the season this weekend.
Daniel Sturridge has returned from England duty injured. It’s the worst case scenario for any club manager. Fortunately, Liverpool have a new striker ready to prove his worth to his side in Mario Balotelli. The Italian’s return to the league was extremely impressive, as his clever movement helped rip the Tottenham defence to shreds in the club’s last outing. A lack of match sharpness prevented him from getting on the scoresheet, but it would have been an extremely encouraging sight for the Anfield faithful to enjoy. Grab your chance to enjoy some bets on this weekend's Premier League action with the lates Guts bonus sports.
Balotelli is likely to become the focal point of a three-pronged attack this weekend, flanked either side by Sterling and Coutinho, but it would be unfair to forget Rickie Lambert’s part in all this. The veteran striker moved to his boyhood club this summer and will be eager to make his first PL start, in the absence of their first choice forward. How Rodgers decides to best use his forwards will likely decide the game against an Aston Villa side enjoying an impressive start to the season.
It’s almost like he never left. Cesc Fabregas has seamlessly slotted back into life in the Premier League, providing four assists in his first three games – a phenomenal return by anyone’s standards.
Chelsea’s attacking talent has blown away all challengers so far, with the exhilarating ‘we’ll score more than you’ 3-6 victory at Goodison Park already a contender for game of the season.
Chelsea are obviously favourites at the Bridge, but you wouldn’t put it past this exciting Swansea side to cause an upset. They have phenomenal pace on the break, with Routledge and Dyer never shy about running directly at the opposition full-backs. Wilfried Bony’s tireless running has opened up the space to allow the returning Gylfi Sigurdsson room to thrive.
In all of the transfer window madness, Hull City assembled an exciting, attacking outfit somewhat under the radar. Abel Hernandez joined from Palermo, while Tom Ince was convinced that his career would prosper in Hull rather than Milan.
Forget all of the owner-shenanigans for a moment; let’s concentrate purely on the squad of talented individuals Steve Bruce has assembled over the summer. Gaston Ramirez showed glimpses of his ability during his spell at Southampton, but it is the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa which could really get the pulses racing. It could be some time before the enigmatic Frenchman is truly matchfit, such is the level of isolation he suffered in his last season at Newcastle.
‘Talented individuals’ is the key element here. There is no denying that Hull have attacking talent in abundance, but how these all fit into the starting XI remains to be seem. A good place to start could be a home game against West Ham.