Manchester City are spending more money on players than Elton John does on flowers and most people I know are immediately assuming that a top four finish on the cards for them at the expense of Arsenal.
It makes me laugh. Of course if Manchester City keep spending at the rate they are then they will eventually challenge for a place in the top four. Despite signing our very own Adebayor and about 95% of the other strikers in world football I don't see it this season.
In fact I think it will all go tit's up at the Eastlands this campaign and Sparky will find himself at the Job Centre around March/April time. I think he has made some very interesting signings but its all about balance.
I look at the Manchester City squad and I see a half decent starting eleven beginning to shape up. Now unfortunately for Hughes, more than half of those eleven are strikers so unless he goes back to the 1930's style of 2-3-5 then I can see a lot of disgruntled players in the City squad.
There are a lot of trouble makers and volatile players in that squad. Bellamy, Robinho, Adebayor, Santa Cruz and especially Carlos Tevez will not be happy with squad rotation. Bellamy may even get the golf clubs out again. Who would win a Royal Rumble out of those lot? My money is on Bellamy. He is wicked with that 7 iron.
I honestly believe that Manchester City will come out of the blocks flying this season and many will jump on the 'I told you so' bandwagon. Despite this I reckon the wheels will come off and there will be a lot of grumbling coming from the City of Manchester stadium around February/March time when the going gets tough and players are being rotated more than they would like.
I understand what a great time this must be for Manchester City fans. Being linked with all the big names and actually signing some of them must be very exciting and for some they can have some bragging rights over Manchester United, especially over Tevez, but I think this will still be a transitional period for them. They can't expect success straight away and I'm sure most of them don't.
Despite Arsenal selling Adebayor to City I actually believe we will be stronger for it; as long as we keep the rest of the squad together. We have developed this squad and sooner or longer it will just click. I'm actually optimistic that will happen this season.
By strengthening in the right areas we can compete for the title. Wenger has a rumoured £25m from the Ade transfer and I hope he spends it. A strong midfielder is a must and another defender is a close second.
The Arsenal squad appears to have a strong bond and it should have. The players have had time to gel now and I'd say it could be a make or break year for some of them. Actually not could, but is.
A title challenge, not a top four finish, is the minimum I expect. Manchester City on the other hand want a top four finish so our ambitions are different.
I wish Manchester City good luck for the season but I don't expect them to threaten us. Not yet anyway. Don't believe all the newspapers and everyone saying they are guaranteed success because they are spending plenty of money.
I respect Manchester City and I don't want to sound 'top four' arrogant but I don't fear them. In fact I reckon Arsenal will rise to the occasion and the doubters will inspire us. Its time to stand up and be counted!
Manchester City will be a major force in a couple of years but they are not a threat right now. Even if Arsenal don't spend another penny.
Keep it Goonerish.............