Newcastle welcome back Daryl Janmaat from suspension, may also have Moussa Sissoko available again following injury, and could give Florian Thauvin his first Premier League start after he impressed in the midweek Capital One Cup win over Northampton.
Arsenal weren’t as impressive as Manchester City, but the Gunners only care about the points right now.
Dick Advocaat is one of a growing number of managers and coaches who feel something must be done about the situation. Well, here is the list after Week 3, you can view Week 2 here. If Arsenal’s true goal is to challenge for the Premier League title, and it should be, then the evidence so far is that they will fail in this regard. If those gaps get bigger than the season could be over extremely quickly.
Chelsea’s second match was a 3-0 loss against Manchester City, their main title challengers.
But they should close the window a week before the football starts and keep it closed. If the away team survives that, and frustrates the home team, then they become the favourite.
Should have gone down by a goal early against Arsenal, with a bad offside ruling going their way.
Arsenal’s form exemplifies the unusual trend of home and away results. They are getting the job done at the moment. Our last two games have been poor so come here and win 3-0 is great. Giving their rivals a 6-8 point gap early would have been terrible.
But they look desperate to get into their stride quickly as they head to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle on Saturday lunch-time.
On Monday, Arsenal and Liverpool played out an enthralling but goalless clash at the Emirates.
Two home games and five dropped points later and the Gunners are already playing catch up. They did leave it late though with an 87th minute strike breaking the deadlock.
Chelsea, who the Eagles face at Stamford Bridge today, can expect a stern test. The Sky Blues seem to be on the fast lane on their bike in their charge to the title come May 2016, being the only team with a 100 percent record intact in the fledgling campaign.
But whether by coincidence or design, the club must be given huge credit for discovering a model that circumvents their limits under Financial Fair Play.
French giant PSG has started the new Ligue 1 season superbly, with three wins out of three so far. Once again they are showing that it is hard to break down and beat this team.
There is no doubt that the kind of barnstorming start the club has produced augurs well for the coming months.
Manchester United could make a move for West Brom striker Saido Berahino – a boyhood United fan.
Look at Norwich City, who have had two winnable home games, against Crystal Palace and Stoke City, from which they have taken one point. This season is all about survival for them. “That is the way to win more games this season”.
This juicy clash will be the 163rd meeting in Serie A between the two titans, with Massimiliano Allegri’s now leading the head-to-head record by 77 wins to 37 (48 draws). They will want to turn it around soon. However, at home to Real Betis this Saturday the Spanish giant has a chance to rectify its opening day flop against a side who have always struggled at the Bernabeu.
Last weekend saw German juggernaut Bayern Munich knocked off the top of the Bundesliga for the first time since matchday four of the 2014-15 campaign, with Pep Guardiola’s side edged out of top spot by Borussia Dortmund, albeit only on goal difference.
Alex Song has returned to train with Barcelona after failing to secure a move to West Ham.
And that’s your lot- make sure you check back for the final day of the transfer window tomorrow, when we will have live blogs featuring the transfer exploits of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as a more general round-up. Leaking goals will have to be fixed quickly.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has insisted midfielder Victor Wanyama will not be sold this summer. A result against Norwich is a must this weekend.
A career spanning over 600 games at the very top is going to see any player exposed, of which Terry has been since making his Chelsea debut way back when.
Much better from Sunderland who held Swansea to a draw at home.