Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gunner to Tough after the Summer of Chaos

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gunner to Tough after the Summer of Chaos

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Byline: John Gibson

IT IS not the start those who require reassurance would wish - Arsenal, those of lofty ambition, as first-footers followed by a vengeful derby confrontation at Sunderland.

No, it could have been easier. Much easier. United are in the throes of overhaul and we are not confident about how successful it has been so far.

We have endured a chaotic close season and are still uncertain of who stays, who goes, and who comes.

Would it not make sense for the summer transfer window to close on the eve of a new campaign and not two weeks later? Then everyone would know where they were in terms of their squads and move forward collectively. Instead, uncertainty is a regular companion through August.

However, that probably makes too much sense for the powers that be.

Both clubs have been badly disrupted. For Joey Barton and Jose Enrique read Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

On the injury front, while United have lost Hatem Ben Arfa, Danny Guthrie and Shane Ferguson, the Gunners have spent the week fretting about the fitness of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen and Kieron Gibbs.

It is just that Arsenal have a greater base from which to launch their season than Newcastle.

They have pressure, of course, with fans demanding Arsene Wenger ends a six-year trophy drought, but then Alan Pardew is sitting on a powder keg himself.

It is only a short while ago an incredible match at SJP stunned the global village of football - Newcastle 0 Arsenal 4 it read at halftime.

Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4 at the final whistle.

It could not happen again ... could it? No, I think not.

Whether United have enough firepower is one of the worries with only Demba Ba so far coming through the door.

They have also lost the potency of skipper Kevin Nolan with his late runs from midfield, so many have to step up to the plate. …

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