A look at how the title chasers are shaping up in the transfer market.
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With some of the biggest transfers of the summer already looking like having taken place, fanatix takes a look at the recent movement of big names such as Luis Suarez and Alexis Sanchez, and how it affects the way the title race is looking for 2014/15.
Starting with Arsenal below, here is a club-by-club guide of how the traditional ‘big six’ of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur can hope to fare next season with the work done so far in this summer’s transfer window.
So far, so good for Arsenal as yesterday’s £32m signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona represents what will surely go down as one of the transfers of the summer. The Chilean will add plenty of pace, versatility and quality to the Gunners’ attack next season after an over-reliance on the somewhat slow and one-dimensional Olivier Giroud in 2013/14.
Joining the 25-year-old forward should be reinforcements at the back in the form of Mathieu Debuchy, who is widely expected to sign as a replacement for Arsenal’s only big loss so far in Bacary Sagna. Importantly, the Gunners don’t look like the selling club they have been in the past and more major departures don’t currently look likely, with the possibility that others such as Sami Khedira and Loic Remy could still join.
Still, the transfer window is not over yet and there are still areas that need addressing for this team – a goalkeeper, defensive midfielder and centre back would all be very useful. Arsenal must continue to compete with the big money spent by their rivals, who have also strengthened considerably.
Transfer window score: 7/10
Predicted finish: 3rd