Cleared a bit of space in the squad first, presumably? Absolument. Fourteen contracts that ran out over the summer were politely declined renewal, including those of long-time spare parts Andrei Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci. That’s got to be North London’s biggest release since ‘Snooker Loopy’...
Wrong side of the North London divide, but we take your point. Did they give us much grief last season? They only took one point off us, and by that time we’d won the league. We beat them 2-1 at Old Trafford, and drew 1-1 at the Emirates in late April, as champions-in-waiting.
Who should we most look out for? He’s small, he’s Spanish and he’s smashing: Santi Cazorla
must have been grown on the same footballer farm as Xavi, Iniesta, Mata and Silva. He’ll be the man making the Gunners tick in 2013/14 but a fit-again Jack Wilshere would improve any team.
Sum it up, then... They’ll have designs on the top three, but it’s a long time since they finished at all close to the Reds in the table, so they’d have to make some big strides to worry us as genuine title contenders.
Do you have the stats to back that up? How about 85? It's the total number of points added together that United have finished ahead of Arsenal in the last five seasons (counting back from last season: 16, 19, 22, 10, 18).