https://i0.wp.com/farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4755439624_bf247cde77_m.jpg?resize=240%2C168Sometimes the threat of your opposition matters as much as your own ability.

That’s why this summer, Red London is introducing a new ‘Rival Watch’ feature to cover all major moves happening at Arsenal’s likely title rivals for the coming season.

This week in particular has witnessed several sensational announcements, so let’s start with:

LIVERPOOL

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:UBjQiXf5podQ7M:http://www.1000goals.com/wallpapers3/091023012407-477-566.jpgLiverpool have confirmed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their new manager after parting company with Rafa Benitez following a disappointing campaign.

Surely the former Fulham genius cannot be as daft as the ‘fat Spanish waiter’? But will he have enough funds to rebuild the team?

CHELSEA

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Hl7eItXncPZkbM:http://www.footballqs.com/photos/o/1290-stupid_benayoun_best_player_liverpool_matches_season.jpgChelsea have confirmed the signing of Yossi Benayoun (yes, Benayoun) on a three-year contract from Liverpool. The Israel international will be the blues’ direct replacement for free agent, Joe Cole.

So the 30-year-old fringe man is to soften the blow of Cole’s exit for the champions?

MAN. CITY

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Piu6Mui01vm7VM:http://www.deeyoo.com/ciyaaraha/2009/okt/yaya-toure.jpg City became the club to finally put an end to the Yaya Toure merry-go-round of speculation as Mancini’s side completed the signing of Barcelona’s midfielder for around £27.5million. No wonder Arsenal were definitely not going to snap him up.

The confirmation of Toure’s signing comes only days after the Eastlands club secured the services of David Silva from Valencia.

Now that’s more and more options for City. Hmm.

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