|Jack Wilshere during a training session
London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s pursuit of Manchester United’s unsettled striker Wayne Rooney has added spice to the first big Premier League match of the season when the title rivals clash at Old Trafford on Monday.
The west London club have already tabled two bids for the England forward and have not ruled out making a third, despite new United boss David Moyes’ steadfast refusal to sell.
“We have Plans B and C,” Mourinho said ahead of Wednesday’s home game against Aston Villa, which they won 2-1 thanks to a second-half header from Serbian Branislav Ivanovic.
Arsenal will look to put their off-pitch woes to one side when they make the short trip to Fulham on Saturday.
Manager Arsene Wenger has been under fire for a lack of transfer activity, especially after a shock 1-3 home defeat by Aston Villa on Saturday, though he maintains reinforcements will be brought in before the transfer window shuts on Sept. 2.
One player ruled out of the game is winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who injured his knee against Villa and could be out for three months or at least six weeks, according to Wenger.
“Gutted I’m injured so early in the season. But I'm going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in 3 months,” the player tweeted on Tuesday.“Gutted I’m injured so early in the season. But I'm going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in 3 months,” the player tweeted on Tuesday.
Newcastle United will hope for a significant improvement on their 0-4 thrashing at Manchester City when they host West Ham United on Saturday.
Cardiff City host their first top-flight match since 1962 when Manchester City travel to South Wales on Sunday.