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Two More Years Of This?!

two more years of this!

Same old Arsenal
Same old Arsenal

I couldn’t start this week’s post without talking about Raheem’s sending off. Someone tell me what is the point of Mike Dean? I don’t know which will give me more joy, the day Mike Dean retires from refereeing or Arsenal win the league again or the Champions league for the first time.. He will claim he was following the letter of the law but like Alan clearly pointed out on MOTD if that was the case 7  City players should have been carded. Mike Dean probably saw himself making the headlines with the thought of a second yellow for Raheem and he certainly has! I mean he has taken 9 lines in today’s post, anyways to proper football talk..

Arsenal are the same and it’s because the same guy is still in charge that is my conclusion. This exact squad given to the likes of Pochettino or Conte won’t turn out performances of the last two weeks. For starters they will get the line up right. To think the Ox figures he’s good enough to play in the middle good luck to him getting into that Liverpool team that just handed his team or soon to be former team a pasting. If not for Cech could have been 7. Not even winning 2 FA cups this season can disguise how shitty things are at this football club and one is supposed to stomach this for the next two years, thank God for my new found indifference, I predicted a loss on Friday but not a pasting..  I am leaving it there don’t want to be repeating myself from previous posts. It’s not even February and they are this bad already.. Get rid of the Ox if he won’t sign he is really not that good!

United are getting it right with three wins out of three and they have Zlatan back, I am not sure that helps their new forward power play but we will see, Zlatan is never a bad addition to any team . Next stop for Jose and his men Stoke.

You can’t make an “Allardyced” side play like Ajax someone should tell De Boer, speeding towards a sack it seems. They are not that loyal at Crystal Palace.
Bilic looking dazed a must have some kind of link with the way his team are currently playing; like a dazed bunch. I don’t see how Joe Hart can maintain his so called number  one England goalkeeper status considering he is at the bottom of the table and has conceded the most goals in the league this season.

Newcastle have their first win thanks to WestHam and Huddersfield dropped their first points but are yet to lose or concede. Spurs dropped points in the last minute at their away home ground and I honestly don’t see them reaching the heights of last season playing at Wembley.
The game between Stoke and West Brom reminded me why I giggle when some people proclaim the Premier League is the best in the world! I beg to differ but I guess money dictates a lot of things these days.
City Scraped past Bournemouth in a game that should have been won in the first half, Pep’s side not putting away chances is going to hurt them big time this season and I have already discussed the ridiculous red for Raheem.
Hmmm.. what else have I missed oh yes Everton have spent loads of money and are still afraid to attack the opposition. Were outplayed playing a 10 man city last week despite leading 1 0 and didn’t have a shot on target against Chelsea till the 89th minute!

It’s international weekend so noPremier League action till the upper week. As it stands United are my pick for the title as they are efficient and pragmatic. Off to gloat about my fantasy league points my only present reason for joy every football weekend.

Premier League Week Two Musings

Conte source Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Conte source Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Still the same old Arsenal, batter a poor team creating chance after chance but no goal. Lose the ball in midfield then concede, huff and puff till the end of the game and lose… Sounds very familiar..
Select players in their best positions, playing your best left backs at the centre of defence when you have fit centre backs is mind boggling…  Oh and someone should tell Mustafi to stay on his feet he is looking like a poor acquisition every passing day if you ask me.. Jese will be grateful for his scoring debut,  Arsene and his boys are fond of giving gifts!

Chelsea let everyone know last week’s loss was an aberration, beating Tottenham at their “away home” ground, they scored all three goals and won 2 1. Matic won’t be missed from what I saw of Bakayoko, so the pundits can calm down now. Conte seems to know a thing or two about winning and blending a good team, maybe he could call Arsene and teach him a thing or two about team balance..
Oh and Luiz seems to be getting better and better… I bet the pundits must miss scapegoating him..

Manchester United scored another 4 goals and my only joy was in the fact that I had three of their players in my fantasy league team. I can’t say I am happy when Jose is happy but so far they have started like a house on fire, they will face stiffer opposition.. but well done to Jose and his boys as they top the league..

Newcastle are continuing from where they left off in the season they got relegated, which season you might ask? Take your pick I say.. Maybe Shearer will be called to another failed rescue..Huddersfield are not here to make up numbers, with no goals conceded like United they lie second in the league table.
That new dude at Crystal Palace is yet to pick up a win,  candidate for a sack at some point? I will be betting he wins if he plays Arsenal anytime before that happens..

Bilic is another one under pressure WestHam still can’t buy a win but Chicharito can still find the back of the net a candidate for my fantasy league team..
It’s City versus Everton tonight, Pep and his boys under the spotlight..
Arsenal Liverpool next Sunday , Klopp hasn’t lost to Arsene in the PL if I remember correctly (please correct me if I am wrong), and if he pulls the same stupid stunt with team selection again  that stat isn’t not going to change..
Have a good week people you either licking your wounds as fans or celebrating..

One down thirty seven more to go!

Welcome Back Football!

With the first week of the Premier League season completed a few observations thus far;

Arsenal fans are going to need some sort of regular health check if they are to survive the season going by that first game!
Liverpool and Arsenal defend alike increasing the possibility of a top four place for the gunners.
All the big money strikers scored on their debut, Harry Kane still struggles to score in August (wonder why I had him in my fantasy league team) and Jonjo Shelvey is still stupid!
Rooney’s second coming started on a very good note.
Matic is looking like the missing piece to Jose’s midfield puzzle.
Conte looks grumpy and has started his Mourinho season in flying colours, I am wondering if he will see out the season.
Huddersfield are announcing they belong in the big league currently lying second.
The pundits still haven’t changed Jamie Redknapp thinks defending is all about leadership and heading the ball… ( I still don’t know how he gets a spot on on there all he does is overstate the obvious! )

The best performers of the week seem to be United scoring four past Hart, I am wondering if going to West ham is going to do his dwindling England career and confidence any good, that lot are playing like they are battling relegation already. Bilic’s first season looks like a very very long time ago….

I am happy to have football back as part of my weekend and look forward to game week 2.  By the time of my next post Chelsea could have lost two games in a row, they play Tottenham next and are missing Fabregas and Cahill…

Off to tidy my fantasy league, this week has been abysmal!.

 

Here We go again!

Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the win the Community Shield. Source Skysports
Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the win the Community Shield. Source Skysports

The Premier League curtain raiser is done and dusted and Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties in the Community Shield which is classed as a friendly, next week the real thing starts against Leicester. Recently it feels like donning an Arsenal jersey is enough to beat Chelsea at Wembley, long may it continue

There are grounds for optimism considering Arsenal were missing a good number of important first team players and the team put in quite a good performance, and a win over big team regardless of the competition is always good for belief no matter how small.
On the match I will say I really don’t know why the OX is flexing about a new contract, from what I watched I think his agent isn’t being truthful with him and neither is he with himself.  In my opinion there are cheaper better solutions  out there.
The new guy from Schalke that costs Arsenal nothing is looking like a beast, very different in physique from the type of players we are used to at Arsenal,  it’s early days but so far I am liking what I am seeing.
Winning the Community Shield was a good preparation for the new season in terms of the team starting with a winning feeling. As for me I couldn’t be more prepared mentally for this season, I will describe my relationship with Arsenal going forward as some sort of casual fling that could get serious but for now I have been led on too many times only to be disappointed, the plan is to enjoy watching football this season and going forward. That reminds me time to sign up my fantasy league team. Catch you all next week!

Mourinho’s Third Coming

 

Mourinho

First and foremost I must say I am very gutted that Louis Van Gaal is no longer the manager at Manchester United. I will miss his masochistic horny conferences and how he just frustrated United fans. It was very gratifying to see me my Manchester United mates not talking Champions League football or just being very absent on general social media. Pfft those days are gone eh? They are already crawling out of the rocks they have been under the past three years.

Manchester United finally get their man or should I say the best man available for the job and it will be very interesting to see if he carries on with his antics in his final days at Chelsea. I would like to think his pride was hurt in the way it all went down and how he turned from being the media darling in his first coming to being ridiculed by them frequently in his second coming. We all know Mourinho’s biggest fan is himself so in  a league where he has to compete for attention with newcomers in Klopp, Conte, Pep and whoever ends up at Everton with the new money there, it will be interesting to see how he contends with that.
I am not the biggest fan of the man and his methods but he gets the job done wherever he has managed that has to be said, but I don’t know if he is the perfect fit for United considering his win at all cost mentality, penchant for bus parking and aversion to using young players. Rashford, Lindgard and Fosu-Mensah can’t be jumping with excitement at this appointment I would imagine.
I could never have imagined Harry Kane getting a chance under Jose, well he is Ed woodward’s and United’s problem now.

Manchester United in the last three years have spent just just over 310 million pounds for an FA cup and one miserable Champions League campaign where they didn’t make it out of the group stages. The Jose appointment sets the tone that they are desperate and want to return to the winners circle. Time like it always does will tell if it is the right appointment. With better players at Chelsea Jose made the worst defense of the Premier League title in history before he was sacked last season let’s not forget.

I am hoping in his third coming he has left the eye gouging, the complex for Pep, his obsession with Arsene and always having to be the centre of attention all behind him but this is Jose I am talking about…

The Leicester fairy tale complete

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My oh my what a game, Spurs turned into thugs when they realised they had thrown a 2 goal lead away and with it any hopes of winning the title. It’s like in some way they realised this kind of chance would not come their way again, well time will tell. Whoever is in charge of retrospective video footage at the FA is going to have busy time on returning from the bank holiday tomorrow considering all that Clattenburg let go in the game.

No one could have ever have predicted we would all be saying this; Leicester City are the new Barclays Premier League champions! They are deserving and inspirational champions, I had goose bumps just watching the montage of the Leicester city players when Skysports was declaring them champions. In a football world where money has become the order of the day it makes a good difference when a team like Leicester wins the title.
They have been a group of determined players, with the right attitude, resilience and focus losing just 3 games in 38 games so far with 2 games to go, there is no luck involved in that.

It’s Ironic that the team that killed off any Spurs title hopes where the same club that sacked Ranieri 12 years ago unceremoniously. He will go back to Stamford Bridge on the last day of the season to his former employees with his team costing the fraction of that which he managed there back in 2004 as the manager of the Premier League champions.  Sounds like something from a movie, the whole Leicester journey this season has seemed like a movie if you ask me. If they ever decide to make a movie I would love to audition!

In ending this, well done Leicester, I can boast to my kids and grandkids I was alive when Leicester defied the odds and won the title! My takeaway; Resilience, the right attitude, togetherness, and focus trumps talent alone and the most important of all there is no ridiculous dream anything is possible guys!

Is Mourinho really the answer at Old Trafford

Mourinho

Just got in from watching the match at a friends house and LVG pulled the rabbit out of the hat again avoiding consecutive defeats in 2 big games, he is either lucky or he makes it happen when he has to, so that’s Manchester United in the FA cup semi finals.  The “unplayable” Carroll as he was called by some sections of the media over the weekend was quiet for most of the game because he was starved of crosses. Doesn’t take a genius to figure it out that if you stop crosses you practically nullify Carroll, it was impressive to see that Fosu Mensah an 18 year old full back with little experience in the first team was one of those tasked with stopping the service at source and he excelled at it  unlike his older counterparts at Arsenal. I also don’t think that it was a coincidence that when Mensah was substituted at Spurs they collapsed as his replacement Darmian had no clue.

If one is to believe all the stories linking Jose to Manchester United which I don’t,then Jose is the favourite for the job especially with Pep starting at City next season. Is Jose the right man for United though?
Say what you want about LVG but he has managed to unearth some gems in his troubled time at Old Trafford. Do Manchester United fans really want Jose to be their next manager knowing how he is with managing young talent or not managing them? Are you willing to sacrifice the tradition of bringing young boys through for someone whose primary focus is trophies and himself but is  not big on the academy or bringing young players through,remember  his after effects are still being felt at Chelsea.  You can be sure the likes of Fosu Mensah, Rashford and Lingard will be stunted as they will be shipped out on loan in favour of star players if Jose is appointed.
In Jose’s second spell in charge in the Premier League, Chelsea development teams won titles to include the FA youth cup, the Development league , and the UEFA youth league, add the numerous Chelsea players on loan all over the world, are you saying there are no gems from that group that could have been promoted to the senior squad or slowly integrated? Look at Kevin De Bryune, while he wasn’t an academy player he was a young player that wasn’t given the opportunity to develop under Mourinho and sold too quickly.

You will probably ask who else can do the job at Old Trafford? I will advise your board to go after Mauricio at Spurs as I don’t think Giggs is ready yet, although I would love LVG to stay and keep “Vangaling” you lot. Pochettino has the experience of doing good things with Southampton and presently excelling at Spurs on a much smaller budget and he is big on youth.

What do you Manchester United fans think Jose or no Jose? Before I forget that Rashford goal was a great great goal and according to one of my United friends Mensah is a beast  and it’s scary that he is just 18, I completely agree with his observations.

Punditry and Respect;Robbie Savage

I was watching fletchandSav on BT sports yesterday before the Aston Villa Chelsea game and not for the first time I heard Robbie Savage use the phrase “the worst team” to describe the Chelsea line up that Villa were about to play in a bit to drive home the point that Villa should be encouraged. It was great to see a more accomplished footballer in Ian Wright not agree with him and try to point out the quality of the players still in the Chelsea Line up.
I have never played football at the professional level and can’t say I know what it takes to be a professional footballer but I would like to think fellow professionals would have a better idea than I do and should not forget that when they sit in the cosy seat in the studio as pundits, some like Ian Wright definitely don’t  seem to have forgotten what it takes to be a professional footballer.

I looked at that Chelsea team it had; Ivanovic, Pedro, Fabregas, Courtois, Loic Remy,  and Azpilicueta. These players have honours that include the World cup, Champions League, European cup, Premier League, La Liga, Copa Del Rey, and Europa cup. Not to make this post any longer but that is a summary of the honours those guys have there are more. Then I had a very quick look at Robbie Savage and he has just a League Cup to his name the irony right. It is one thing to take offence to John Terry stating he only takes opinion of people who have played at the highest level but it is a bit hypocritical to use the phrase “The Worst team” so frequently to describe team line-ups considering you are an ex-pro who must know what it takes to be a professional footballer and might show a bit more respect to your colleagues.

Listening to Robbie at times one would think he was ex Barca or Madrid and had loads of laurels but it was heartwarming to see a more accomplished footballer in Ian Wright defend the quality out on the field yesterday.

Punditry is there to offer opinion but let us not lose respect for those giving pundits a platform to make analysis and provide a job for them in the first place particularly if you are ex-pro.

My two cents before I go watch Southampton throw spanner in the works as regards Leicester Premier League campaign.

Arsenal aren’t the only big club behind Leicester

If I had fallen from another planet and was watching the premier league I would have been puzzled by the rhetoric directed mainly at Arsenal for the weird season that has Leicester and Spurs jostling for the premier league title while the other top clubs get some sort of free pass.
Arsenal seem to be the only club guilty of performing badly in a season where City who spent millions on Otamendi, Sterling and De bruyne risk playing in Europa next year. If you ask me I think Pellegrini is setting Pep up to play in Europa. Manchester united have spent close to 300 million pounds since LVG arrived and I haven’t factored in how much Moyes spent in his short stint there and they have won zilch in that time as in absolutely nothing. Chelsea the last time I checked, hiddink was happy he had managed to steer the team away from relegation, some sort of achievement I would think. Reading through social media and the media in general one would think there was a different league table which the other clubs are competing in with the disparity with which Arsenal are criticised so much for being behind Leicester in the league table.
I am not immune to the fact that Arsenal seemed to have entered their choking period in the season and passed with flying colours but they seem to be the only ones under the spotlight for being behind Leicester when resources are being compared.

Have Arsenal missed a chance to romp to the title this year oh yes they have but if we all take a look at the whole picture, resources invested versus where respective clubs are standing the other clubs should be equally under the spotlight. Arsenal as we know are the perennial underachievers.