Is there a greater juxtaposition in the upper echelon of European football at present than in north London?
Arsenal, soured by a shock 3-1 opening day home defeat to Aston Villa, is STILL yet to take serious inroads in the transfer market, while rivals Tottenham is set to break its transfer record for the third time this summer! The club's focus, Willian, is the latest name in the exodus from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.
Anzhi, of course, are facing a serious period of transition. Owner Suleiman Kerimov, having given up on his ideology of forging a team of globetrotting all-stars, is in the process of carving $100 million off the annual budget. Samuel Eto'o, a Champions League winner with Inter and Barcelona, is set to follow Willian before the window closes.
Nat Coombs returns alongside Goal correspondent Greg Stobart and international football writer Peter Staunton.
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