Manchester United and Arsenal both endured similar problems last season with the two giants of English football finishing 6th and 5th respectively.
The two sides struggled to turn chances into goals and domination into victories and their finishing spots in the table belied the quality of many of their performances. A proven goalscorer topped the shopping list this summer for Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger alike and they have both gone about their business very effectively thus far.
It was confirmed yesterday The Special One has recruited Everton’s Romelu Lukaku for a fee of £75 million which is expected to rise to £90 million due to very achievable add-ons. At the Emirates, meanwhile, the Gunners finally secured the signing of Alexandre Lacazette last week.
The Frenchman boasts some massively impressive stats from his time with Lyon but Mourinho is, according to a report in The Express, unimpressed with his nemesis’ latest acquisition.
If they are to be believed, the United boss has been mocking Wenger behind closed doors for spending a club record fee on the 26-year-old striker. A club source, they claim, has told them they decided against going after Lacazette before the summer window opened.
They were told:
“Lacazette was followed because he was top scorer in French football – but a lot of his goals were penalties.
“In the end he wasn’t considered because he has no stamina, no physical impact and isn’t a big game player.”
Both sets of fans are unsurprisingly very pleased with the newest arrivals and the news has injected some serious excitement ahead of crucial seasons for the two managers.
Arsene Wenger will be subjected to incredible levels of criticism having signed a two-year contract extension despite last year’s disappointing finish while Jose will also have to oversee a massive improvement domestically after another summer of big spending.