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Arsenal's heavy waistline will give Wenger a headache

Arsenal's heavy waistline will give Wenger a headache

Arsenal have started business in the right way this summer. After an air of worry flooded North London with regards to their transfer business before the World Cup, most Gunners fans are...

Squad Builder: Fulham's Championship Journey

Squad Builder: Fulham's Championship Journey

After a thirteen-year stay in England's top flight, Fulham will be spending this season in the Championship – and without sounding too biased, the team seems to be in good health. Despite...

Louis van Gaal must overcome Manchester United’s Chinese Curse

Louis van Gaal must overcome Manchester United’s Chinese Curse

At times last season, it felt as though the infamous Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times" was written for Manchester United. Ironic it would be, as United ever increasingly look to...

  • Arsenal's heavy waistline will give Wenger a headache

    Arsenal's heavy waistline will give Wenger a headache

  • Squad Builder: Fulham's Championship Journey

    Squad Builder: Fulham's Championship Journey

  • Louis van Gaal must overcome Manchester United’s Chinese Curse

    Louis van Gaal must overcome Manchester United’s Chinese Curse

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Arsenal have started business in the right way this summer. After an air of worry flooded North London with regards to their transfer business before the World Cup, most Gunners fans are satiated now.

After securing the signatures of Alexis Sánchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers, Arsenal have signalled their intent for next season. One rumour that fails to go away is the big name signing of German midfielder Sami Khedira. The Real Madrid man has been linked with a move away from the club all summer and after a fantastic World Cup that rumour has intensified. Chelsea and Arsenal have both been linked but Arsenal seems the much more likely destination for the midfielder, who would link up with former teammate and international squad mate Mesut Özil, as well as Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski.

At times last season, it felt as though the infamous Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times" was written for Manchester United. Ironic it would be, as United ever increasingly look to convince China that Manchester United is made for them. Anyhow, when David Moyes took over as Manchester United manager last summer, I remember thinking that whatever happens, at least it will be interesting. And it was.

I'll say this now.

I don't have a lot of time for England. I don't like international games, I don't like the endless collection of St George's flags lashed across advertising hoardings, suspended from rooftops and flown from cars every two years. Furthermore, I hate international breaks, as it means no Liverpool game for a fortnight and my weekly fix of all things Red is put on hold so we can watch a host of rookie England players obtain their only caps before the big lads return for the tournaments. 'What have we learned from this game, Alan?' 'Well, we know that the subs board works.'

Heading into their fourth season under Antonio Conte, Juventus fans had good reason to be optimistic about the twelve months that lay ahead. The bianconeri had reaffirmed themselves as domestic powerhouses yet again and Conte appeared to have turned his attention to finally making an impression in Europe. These high hopes all came crashing down when Conte abruptly resigned from his post, and CEO Giuseppe Marotta promptly named his replacement to be Massimiliano Allegri, infamous for his role in A.C. Milan’s recent downward spiral. Replacing arguably the best manager in Serie A football with one recently sacked from a rival club that finished eighth was enough to spark the furore of Juventini worldwide.

After a thirteen-year stay in England's top flight, Fulham will be spending this season in the Championship – and without sounding too biased, the team seems to be in good health. Despite players' criticism of the Felix Magath regime, he appears to be on a mission to get all of the old guard out (be it right or wrong) and mould the team in his own image. But how will this team line up come the opening day against Ipswich Town? What positions are still in desperate need of some new blood? Much like my previous article in which I built a squad from Blackpool's bare bones using free transfers, I will endeavour to try and put my managerial coat on once again, and give you my starting XI for The Cottagers.

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