Off-Season Review: Who hurt themselves?

1. Premier League Midfields: Manchester United’s midfield options are 37 year-old Ryan Giggs, unproven Anderson, injured Fletcher and Michael Carrick, while Manchester City also lack depth at the position. Arsenal have lost Fabregas and now look likely to lose Samir Nasri, and Chelsea could also use a midfielder or three. Even Liverpool don’t have an outstanding player, with Steven Gerrard’s career definitely on the wane. And farther down the Premier League pecking order, it just gets worse.

2. Inter Milan: Already behind AC Milan, Eto’o seems more likely to leave every day and a Sneijder transfer is still very possible. Inter are floundering in the transfer market, priced out of every big star.

3. Arsenal: The Gunners are in an even worse position right now; they looked likely to drop out of the top four before the ravage of injuries. They have many problems, all well-documented.

4. The Argentine Primera: As I suspected, the Argentine FA came to River Plate’s rescue. They are trying to change the league format, just as they did when a member of the Big Five last got relegated (San Lorenzo in 1981). This particular change could combine the first and second divisions, a move that will surely drop the quality of the league, which is currently one of the best in the world.

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