Ex-Chelsea Star Left Shocked By Arsenal Hero’s Summer Move

Former Chelsea star Bolo Zenden has been left surprised by the decision of ex-Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas to join the Stamford Bridge club this summer, as reported by the Daily Express.

Zenden has expressed his belief that Jose Mourinho’s transfer dealings this summer has placed Chelsea in an advantageous position compared to their Premier League rivals, and believes that the west London club will be the major contenders for the title this season.

The ex-Middlesbrough player did not, however, expect Fabregas to make his shock return to London this summer, and especially did not picture him lining up in a blue shirt at the start of the season.

Fabregas has previously reiterated his affection for Chelsea’s great rivals Arsenal, and has done so even after joining Mourinho’s club.

He said: “They are the biggest force to reckon with this season I think.

“The surprising thing for me is the signing of Fabregas because he’s had such a huge impact at Arsenal and left for the biggest club, or one of the biggest clubs, in Europe when he went to Barcelona.

“For him to choose to come back to London and play for Chelsea, I was surprised to see that move come in, but it works for Chelsea.”

Chelsea have been exceptional since the start of the season, winning all three of their opening matches without much difficulty. The addition of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid has paid dividends, with the Spanish international scoring four goals in only three matches for Mourinho’s side.

Man Utd Expecting £38m-£48m Drop In Income This Season

Manchester United have revealed their accounts for last season, and have announced that they are expecting a huge drop in income for this season, as reported by David Conn of The Guardian.

The club have stated that they expect the loss of Champions League football will see the club lose around £38m-£48m worth of income when the club publishes its accounts next September, compared to the amounts that they have posted this year.

With income for last season at £433m, this would see their total fall to between £385m and £395m.

Man Utd are now suffering the financial results of the sporting failures of last year, when a lack of investment in new manager David Moyes saw the club fall to a seventh place finish in the Premier League.

Moyes was replaced by Louis van Gaal this summer, but the Van Gaal era has also got off to a struggled start, with the club failing to win a single game thus far this season.

Ex-Liverpool Star: 23-Year-Old Arsenal Signing May Be The Best Of The Summer

Former Liverpool star Michael Owen has called Arsenal’s £16 million purchase of Danny Welbeck possibly the signing of the summer, especially now that he will be able to play as the main striker at the Emirates Stadium, as reported by the Daily Star.

Owen played with Welbeck during his unsuccessful spell at Manchester United, and he was pleased to see him score two for the England national side, where Owen was a key player in the past, against Switzerland on Monday.

Welbeck made a shock deadline day switch to north London for £16 million, and with the injury suffered by Olivier Giroud, the former Man Utd hitman is now expected to play in the central role that he has craved for so long.

Owen himself feels as though Welbeck being granted this opportunity will finally allow him to reach the heights that he is capable of.

He said: “He has always had doubters and I can understand why but I have always been a big fan of Danny’s.

“I trained with him for three years at Manchester United and he can really play, no question.

“People may complain about his goals ratio at Man United – but try getting in the team there.

“I had a good try with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Chicharito there – there are so many good players.

“A lot of the time when Danny did play he played on the left or on the right.

“As his England record suggests, when he is played in the middle he can certainly score goals.

“I think he is a pretty good buy for Arsenal. They are the big winners here, with Danny himself. I can see him really improving.

“With Arsenal I think he will be given that chance to play in the middle and I think it could be one of the signings of the summer.”

Rio Ferdinand previously called Man Utd “mad” to have let Welbeck leave.