Sanchez arrival signals intent at Arsenal who will welcome back Theo Walcott from injury
Arsenal were flying at the top of the table in the early part of last season before failing to sustain their title challenge, although the arrival of Alexis Sanchez has seen bookmakers cut the odds on the Gunners claiming the spoils this term.
Some bookies are as short as 7/1 to claim victory while the best price available is 8/1 with Sky Bet, with Arsene Wenger scouring the transfer market to see what other players are available that can help turn his squad from a top four contender to genuine Premier League champions.
Wenger is clearly delighted that Sanchez has agreed to become an Arsenal player, with the player arriving from Barcelona for a fee thought to be in the region of £30 million.
“As many people have seen during the World Cup this summer, Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted that he is joining us at Arsenal,” read a statement from Wenger, who is still at the World Cup working for French television.
“Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us in a few weeks. He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now and we are all excited to see him integrate into the Arsenal squad. I’m sure all Arsenal supporters will join me in welcoming Alexis to our club.”
Manchester City and Chelsea are the joint-favourites to win the league, with Manchester United an 11/2 chance and Louis van Gaal appears to be assembling the sort of squad that could go close this term.
Liverpool are actually fifth favourites at 10/1 after it became clear that Luis Suarez won’t be at Anfield next term, although Brendan Rodgers is setting about building a squad that can help fans forget about the Uruguayan.