1-Arsenal really, REALLY need to spend some money
We knew this before Saturday's defeat to Aston Villa, but that result burned any new-season goodwill towards Arsene Wenger. He needs to make a big signing now. When Iker Casillas was named on the bench for Real Madrid last night, it was hard not to think of Wojciech Szczesny racing out of his box, fly-hacking a ball into the air, trying to tackle Christian Benteke, then haring back to acrobatically save a shot that was going wide. Point is: someone like Casillas would make Arsenal significantly better. Not an easy get, but Arsenal have the money - they just need someone willing to spend it.
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2-Turns out you can buy class
'You can't buy class' read an unfortunate banner at the Emirates on Saturday. Tell that to Manchester United, who procured £25 million of it when they signed Robin van Persie from the Gunners last summer. Two brilliant goals showed that as long as the Dutchman is around, there's hope for United. And while nobody would pretend they have had a good summer, there are worse disasters than starting the season with pretty much the same squad that won the league.
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3-Wayne Rooney needs to go
Having said that, the Rooney situation is increasingly lose-lose for Manchester United. They can sell him and risk an outburst of brilliance for a rival club, or keep him and have another season of moping and underperformance. His reluctance to celebrate two goals after coming off the bench spoke volumes - particularly as he knew everyone would be watching. United need to end this. And a reminder why he's upset; because Alex Ferguson and David Moyes don't think he's as good as Robin van Persie. What are they thinking?
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4-Liverpool might be better without Suarez
Let us shout from the rooftops that Luis Suarez is Liverpool's best player by absolutely miles. He's brilliant. But Liverpool have looked mightily slick and well-balanced since he started his suspension, with Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge striking up a tremendous understanding. When (if?) he returns, it may be a case of finding a way to fit Suarez into the side, rather than fitting the side around him. And that has to be good news.
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5-Jose's got a special one - squad, that is
Chelsea perhaps impressed more than anyone on the opening weekend, but this was not so much a team bearing Jose Mourinho's hallmark as just an excellent bunch of players. Through all the self-inflicted turmoil of recent years, one thing that has never wavered is the quality at Stamford Bridge. If Mourinho continues to get the best out of Oscar, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne et al, they will take some stopping.
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6-Goal-line technology won't revolutionise the game
Now, it was the opening weekend and goal-line technology was only used a couple of times, so isn’t it a bit premature to call it a damp squib? Well, no actually. The first use came during Aston Villa’s win at Arsenal, when a Fabian Delph shot hit the post, bounced across the goalmouth and spun out for a goal kick. It was physically impossible for the ball to have gone in, but ref Anthony Taylor decided to have a go anyway. Refs will continue to influence the game, as Taylor did by awarding two penalties and sending off Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny. The very occasional check whether the ball has crossed the line won’t stop refereeing controversy.
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7-Wait until September 3
Leaping to hasty conclusions is what football’s all about, but as long as the transfer window is open we’re not looking at the full picture. Southampton’s amazing £15 million capture of Pablo Osvaldo could easily be the difference between relegation and survival, while the longer Tottenham keep hold of Gareth Bale the longer you think he might actually stay. ***SPOILER ALERT: He won’t*** And what if Iker Casillas really does sign for Arsenal? ***SPOILER ALERT: See previous spoiler alert***