Arsenal may have splashed out £11m for Lille striker Gervinho earlier in the week but Arsene Wenger is under pressure from the board to start spending.
Following Pep Guardiola’s admission that Barcelona and Arsenal are in talks over a deal for Fabregas it seems highly unlikely, as it has done all summer, that Fabregas will be an Arsenal player next season.
With Nasri’s future also under threat it appears certain members of the Arsenal board want Wenger to open the chequebook and find high-profile replacements.
Gervinho’s arrival brought a little cheer to the Emirates but it hasn’t been enough to stop Arsenal;’s Premier League title odds drifting from 8/1 to 9/1, and Liverpool are closing in on fourth spot with the Reds now just 1/1, and Arsenal 4/7 to finish in the top four.
Meanwhile Manchester United were further shortened for the title yesterday following an emphatic 7-0 win over Seattle yesterday in which Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick within 20 minutes of coming on for Michael Owen at half-time.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have been trimmed in to 13/8 from 7/4 with Chelsea available at 5/2 and Manchester City at 7/2.
The Premier League title betting would suggest it’s a three horse race for the title and on the basis of the happenings at Arsenal football club this summer, it’s easy to agree with the odds.
Liverpool have splashed the cash this summer and they look the biggest threat to Arsenal’s hopes of remaining in the top four, but if Tottenham Hotspur manage to hold onto Luka Modric, they also have to be respected.
It’s worrying times for Arsenal fans at the moment and the sooner the Fabregas and Nasri saga’s are concluded the better with the club then able to move on or build for the new season.