One game does not a season make and I'm certainly not going to get carried away with my Arsenal predication. I know one very prominent Arsenal supporter who thinks United will win the league so you never know. I was curious however to see the reaction of the Everton fans. Dear me. Everton manager David Moyes is considered by many observers including yours truly to be one of the better managers in the Premier League, but you wouldn't know it reading the Everton boards.
In general the complaints broke down into two groups. The first was that Moyes plays not to lose rather than win and there is a very vocal group that object to this. The second complaint was the lack of player movement by the Everton brass especially on the right side of the team where the Everton faithful consider Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert and Phil Nevile to be very poor.
I reference this because there was a report in the last 24 hours that Everton are lining up a bid for the Spurs duo of Right Full Back Alan Hutton and Right Midfielder/Winger David Bentley. Both players are not in Tottenham's starting eleven these days. Now I'm always wary of someone putting two and two together and ending up with thirty seven, but in this case there is a lot of sense to these rumours.
Say for example Everton sell Lescott to City for a couple million north of twenty million. For that money David Moyes could bring in not only Hutton and Bentley but also either Michael Turner from Hull or Steven Taylor from Newcastle as a replacement for Lescott. This is over and above the reports of an interest in either Middlesbrough's Robert Huth or Arsenal's Philippe Senderos. Throw in the possible loan of Ever Banega (described as both a winger and a midfielder), although I anticipate his work permit will be denied and Moyes would essentially rebuild a third of his team while losing one player.
Meanwhile Harry Redknapp could turn around and use the money for a Centre Back and possibly David James from Portsmouth. Personally I'd rather see City sign Taylor rather than Lescott...