Arsenal’s depressing begin to the Premier League season might get even worse as Chelsea unleash file signing Romelu Lukaku for his debut on Sunday, whereas Liverpool and Manchester United look to construct on a promising begin to their title problem.
Lukaku has returned to Stamford Bridge, seven years after his first spell at Chelsea got here to an finish, for a £97 million charge ($133 million) after main Inter Milan to the Serie A title final season.
The Blues imagine the Belgian striker will be the ultimate weapon wanted to show a squad that already received the Champions League final season into Premier League title contenders.
Lukaku is already within the prime 20 all-time Premier League goalscorers with 113 to his title for West Brom, Everton and Manchester United.
But after an sad finish to his time at United, the 28-year-old’s sport went to new ranges in two seasons in Italy.
“I think I’ve learned much more about myself, setting higher standards for myself,” stated Lukaku on what has modified in his two years since leaving the Premier League.
“As a player, I’ve become more complete because the game in Italy is tighter spaces, much more technical and tactical, which helped me a lot.”
Arsenal might even have two new recruits registered in time for Sunday with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and midfielder Martin Odegaard set to affix the Gunners.
Those two signings would take Arsenal’s spending for the switch window above Chelsea’s after the arrivals of £50 million defender Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares.
That degree of funding has come as a shock with Arsenal going through as much as a fifth consecutive season with out the riches of Champions League soccer.
Manager Mikel Arteta is due to this fact below strain to show that backing into outcomes after a 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Brentford to open the brand new season.
After the go to of the European champions, Arsenal journey to Manchester City subsequent weekend and face heading into the September worldwide break and not using a single level from their opening three video games until they’ll spring a shock.
City nonetheless ready for Kane
City’s title defence bought off to a faltering begin with a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham final weekend with the way forward for Harry Kane nonetheless hanging over each golf equipment.
According to stories, Kane stays sad at Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s cussed stance to not negotiate with City regardless of the English champions’ willingness to interrupt the Premier League switch file for the second time this month.
City’s bid for the England captain might go as excessive as £150 million earlier than the window closes, however Pep Guardiola must proceed with out the quantity 9 he craves for Saturday’s go to of Norwich.
Guardiola’s males needs to be a lot stronger for an additional week’s coaching with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Rodrigo, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Aymeric Laporte in competition after beginning on the bench towards Spurs resulting from their restricted pre-season after reaching the latter levels of Euro 2020.
Full home at Anfield
Liverpool noticed off Norwich comfortably final weekend as Virgil Van Dijk make his return from a cruciate ligament damage that derailed the Reds final season.
The nadir of a tough marketing campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s males was a run of six straight residence league defeats that started with defeat to Burnley in January.
Sean Dyche’s males return to Anfield in very completely different circumstances this weekend in entrance of the primary full home for a Premier League sport since earlier than Liverpool ended a 30-year wait to win the title in 2020.
In entrance of a house crowd, Klopp’s aspect haven’t misplaced a league sport since 2017.
United may also be assured of constructing on their opening 5-1 win over Leeds when the Red Devils journey to Southampton on Sunday.