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St Totteringham’s Day? Not this year

Not this year and rightfully so
Not this year and rightfully so

For the first time since 1995 Arsenal will not finish above Arsenal and I am really not upset about it. I made my peace with that last season but they somehow managed to screw it up but kudos they have not only managed it this year but are challenging for the title.
Since Pochettino took over, this Spurs team have grown from strength to strength and taken on his identity and philosophy, a philosophy where no one is carried everyone puts in a shift! Contrast that to what is going on at Arsenal where there are coasters in the team everywhere you look from back to front. Take for example Arsenal’s most expensive player, in the 4 years since he joined Arsenal I am yet to see him take a difficult game by the scruff of the neck and be the difference! I can’t imagine him being allowed that much time in a Pochettino side with his application on the football field when things are tough. Then you have Giroud, would he get in a Pochettino side? He spends half the time moaning and falling down instead of digging deep and contributing to the cause. I didn’t see the point in him starting today and if it’s true he is wanted in France I will certainly drive him there myself at no cost. I could go on but there is no need it’s glaring what the team needs; an environment where mediocrity is alien and not the norm. Let’s start with if you don’t play well you don’t start and if you do you stay in the team, didn’t see the point of dropping Holding for Gibbs.

Arsenal kinda messed with my desire to blog and post this season, yes I am joining the bandwagon and blaming Arsene for everything. I have processed all that and I think I am back, kudos to the guys like arseblog that blog only Arsenal news and do it like 24/7 takes some mental fortitude!

Finally I do not subscribe to the notion that there is a power shift in North London not that it matters to me, we all know one swallow doesn’t make a summer neither does a tree make a forest. Finishing above Arsenal in a season where they might still come second and Arsenal win an FA cup (for hypothesis reason not that I believe this) but there is potential for a power shift if the situation at Arsenal isn’t arrested and arrested soon! My only consolation was that Chelsea won, yes it has come to this as the boys that were sent to do a man’s job at WHL failed with flying colours.

Spurs going nowhere.

Leicester and Spurs

It’s a good thing I am not a drinker but watching Spurs take Stoke apart tonight drove me towards drink, knowing the Arsenal squad are currently capable of doing this but they just don’t. Matters made worse by the fact that Spurs currently have the best attack and defence in the league, parameters that justifies their claim to the title if they end up winning it. When an Arsenal fan gets to a point that he thinks that Spurs deserve the title provided they claw back the points on Leicester then you know he has lost the will to live just a bit!

Spurs knew they had to capitalise on Leicester dropping points and they went all out for it today, they took the game to Stoke .  I compare this display of Spurs with the one of Arsenal at Old Trafford facing an understrength United team knowing they had to win and it’s like night and day. The desire, composure, organisation, drive and mindset of  this young Spurs team is very enviable . A team is a reflection of its manager to a great degree and this team reflect their manager of two seasons Mauricio. He has carried on from Southampton and has gone on to instill his style of play and a stronger mentality in this Spurs squad.

So the lead at the top is now down to 5 with 4 games to go and with Spurs with the easier run of fixtures I wouldn’t be surprised if Spurs go on to win it and if they do, they would have deserved it, can’t believe I just wrote that. I witnessed the meltdown from Arsenal fans on twitter as a result of Spurs mauling Stoke I am trying to imagine what that would be like if Spurs actually went on to win it, Arsene will have to find somewhere to hide till next season starts.
Like someone said on twitter can Arsenal give the 6 points they took of Leicester back? It hasn’t done Arsenal any good…

It’s the midweek games left now and the source of football joy remains my fantasy league. I am off to eat some chocolate, ice cream then sleep.

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.

Time to get behind Leicester

Took me 33 premier league games but with all that has gone on this weekend I am definitely team Leicester now. I watched Leicester today and was glaring to see why they are where they are, talent and quality can only do so much without passion and dedication. If those bottlers in red in north London showed the same desire, organisation, discipline, selflessness and dedication they would be topping the league by miles. If I was given a choice I would take all those qualities over fickle minded quality players.

It’s definitely a two horse race with Manchester United’s capitulation at the Lane, here’s hoping LVG is allowed to run out his contract at Old Trafford. I can’t believe I am going to write this but Tottenham deserve to be where they are, with a squad that young they are doing very well, no so called Ozil or Sanchez in their team and they have been getting the job done week after week, well done to Mauricio but definitely don’t want them to win the league!!

So we enter week 34 next week and it’s Leicester at home against West Ham, they will probably show the red shirt bottlers of North London how to deal with crosses and Spurs are away at Stoke not a good hunting ground here’s hoping they get Stoked!

Someone on twitter said describing Leicester winning the league is comparing it to a cat winning the Grand National, that cracked me up. They haven’t won it yet though but they are just 9 points away now, praying hard they win it. It will also be vindication for Ranieri considering how he was treated at Chelsea years ago when Jose took over, he could be getting the trophy presented at Chelsea where his former employer will be watching with no hope of champions league football next season.

Anyways have a good week people and to the Arsenal fans out there time to get on team Leicester, Arsenal are not winning the league and with performances like yesterday they don’t deserve to! Sense I am still a bit angry yes I am.