It is the first weekend of league football since the flurry of activities at the end of the transfer window. Some of the players will be making their first appearances for their new clubs and it will be interesting to see how some of them turn out.
When we watch Jack Wilshere make his debut for Bournemouth this weekend, we won’t be looking out for his performance because his talent was never in doubt. What everyone will be looking out for including Eddie Howe, is if Wilshere can last 90 minutes on the pitch without sustaining another injury.
From Arsenal’s number 10 two weeks ago to Bournemouth number 32 this week, he has to beg the forces that have hindered his progress to let him be. One of them might be Mesut Ozil, who confessed he has been eyeing Wilshere’s number 10 shirt at Arsenal. Wilshere has to shame Ozil by returning to Arsenal to wear his number 10 jersey.
So David Luiz made a shock return to the Stamford Bridge on deadline day. It was difficult to know his position on the pitch during his first stint; it will be interesting to see his position this time around. Gary Neville had said he played like he was controlled by a 10 years old on a Play Station.
Antonio Conte has said Luiz is a center-back and will play as one. But seeing as he has vowed to win trophies on his second coming, expect him to take matter into his own hands, like going to go get the goals when the strikers are not scoring .
Sissoko joined Tottenham for a staggering 30 million pounds, turning down Everton at the last minute. Reports said Everton were already preparing for his welcome party only to see him displaying Tottenham’s white shirt like his singlets.
In Chambers only appearance for Arsenal this season before his loan move, he was everything a defender should not be. Everything that came at him went past him; he could not even catch his own breath.
Aitor Karanka has vowed to make him a better defender; it will be interesting to see how he fits into a defence that has conceded just once this season.
If Arsene Wenger could shell out 35 million pounds for a center-back, not even the breeze should go past him. But if this signing goes wrong, no one should blame Wenger.
In Rob Holding and Callum Chambers, Wenger had his defence locked down but the fans clamoured for him to splash money on players. Now he has done. It is left for Mustafi to prove to Wenger that splashing money on players is not a stupid idea after all.