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Many make the mistake to believe that by saying things like "one thing is for sure, it won't be Arsenal." they say something meaningful, yet it is a lazy way of thinking and speaking (writing), or at least limited.
Any one, including a quantum physicist, will tell you no event is an absolute certainty. To put your belief or opinion as fact to others shows a limited mind with control issues. Or as you so like to say, it shows an idiot.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 19, 2013 15:23 Flag
It will be an entertaining title race. All preseason contenders have shown their flaws and as you say a few of the small teams have shown big skills. For the moment and in absence of major January spending I would say the top 4 teams are till more or less equal favorites IMO but if I had to put a prediction down at this point it would be:
1. City - on account of current from and depth of squad
2. Chelsea - on account of depth of squad but they still don't seem to have hit their stride
3. Arsenal - on account of lacking depth most glaringly at striker but now also at CB
4. Liverpool - Suarez culd push them higher up the table than 4th but ....
Man U - could fight for 4th if they bring in some real quality players in January but you have to wonder which quality player would want to come and play for them at this point?
Spurs - Could come back into the top 4 depending on their new manager, they have a capable squad.
Everton - could surprise further by sustaining their current pace but a thin squad makes that difficult.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 19, 2013 15:03 Flag
I hope Wenger will get Costa or Michu in January. We are not far from having a squad that has a serious chance of competing for titles (that is not to say that the current squad can't win a trophy) but we need most of all a better striker. This title race will likely come down to a few points between 1st and 2nd and a striker who is more clinical can make that difference.
Qute from today's press analysing the stats on the top 15 PL strikers:
The Arsenal striker’s statistics make interesting reading. Of the Premier League’s top 15 scorers, Giroud needs by far the most chances to score, averaging 7.86 shots per goal, with Jay Rodriguez of Southampton the next highest at 6.00. Giroud’s percentage of shots on target is also the lowest at a poor 30.31%, with Loic Remy the next worse at 36.17%. Of the top ten scores in the league, Giroud has the lowest ratio of goals per game, currently at 0.48. The stats suggest that, although the Frenchman’s importance to the Gunners is unquestionable, Giroud is wasteful and could be improved upon; Arsenal’s reported interest in Diego Costa – who averages around three shots per goal, with 57.45% of those shots on target – seems unsurprising.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 14, 2013 18:46 Flag
I saw Wenger speak with some frustration to Flamini while Kos was being taken care of on the field, later he took Flamini of. I wonder what that was about. I thought we came even more undone once Flamini came of. I like him and the way he plays yet we don't know his assignment. I also think Ramsey has dropped a little bit his game, he now is back to holding on to the ball a little bit too long again, when being pressed like City did, that is not a good habit.
Finally Wilshire should get a talking to, on one of the last goals he was pushed over around mid field, by Nasri I think, and he did not get up to chase Nasri who became part of the three City players who scored the goal on the break. Wilshire did not play on Wednesday and should not wait for the ref to blow the whistle, it was old Arsenal cry baby type of behavior.
So good to have Walcott coming back to his old form and I for one am happy we have Vermaelen as back-up at CB. He might need a few games to get used to Per but this could be his chance to regain his former high level and his place in the Belgian national side. Having said that I hope Kos will not be out too long.
I am not too worried about the result and expect an other loss to Chelsea but that does not put us out of the running.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 14, 2013 16:36 Flag
You should always come up with a response after receiving #$%$ for 8 years it is time for you to hit back. It is just too bad it can only be things like "you idiot" and stuff of that caliber.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 14, 2013 16:32 Flag
Hahaha! Who cares? I do. When is the last time we have been in 1st for this long? Sure we might very well not win the PL but I don't care about that. I am enjoying this season and I am sorry for you that you clearly are not. Until this season I have suffered watching us, as of this season I enjoy most watching most of our games and IMO only a fool would write of our chances of winning the PL, it remains a 4 horse race IMO with maybe, at the moment, City a little ahead of Liverpool Arsenal and Chelsea.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 14, 2013 14:48 Flag
It feels nicer to be humiliated and still be in first than not be humiliated and to be in 9th.
PS: Funny how one team is never humiliated yet is in 9th and the other gets humiliated all the time yet remains in 1st!?!? Go figure. You think this has anything to do with the observer?
There was no doubt in my mind that the best team won and it had nothing to do with us being tired. That didn't start to figure into the equation until the 75-80 minute when we had been the lesser team for the first 75 minutes.
City have the better squad, possibly best in the PL or 2nd to Chelsea.
Walcott is back.
Giroud is not good enough. (has he only scored 1 goal on the road?)
We seem to have lost our form a little.
Bendtners's goal was not offside.
We were denied a clear penalty.
Kos looks badly injured, looked like a torn ligament.
Chelsea game next and now a real big game.
Can we rediscover our form, in time?
- Govinda Govinda Dec 12, 2013 17:57 Flag
Yes, and Cyprus rank ahead of Sweden, Denmark and Croatia at18th yet are not going to the WC. And Barca ranks 1st yet got spanked by Bayern and Man U sit 9th yet got beaten by West brom who sit 15th. Football rankings are meaningless. League tables are more meaningful. Unless of course you are and Arsenal fan and than the current league table simply states the truth.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 12, 2013 17:50 Flag
A bit touchy? I don't recall saying or thinking you can't have an opinion or calling you an idiot like you do so easily. I just think you opinion is silly in this particular case. 2 good team and AC is not even that good, don't make a group of death.
And yes Ajax, and I am an admirer of them, did beat Barca (without Messi), and Arsenal beat Bayern Munich last year. What is the point?
- Govinda Govinda Dec 12, 2013 13:04 Flag
I am not too worried about the city game. Sure they have a big edge with an extra day rest but they try to play football and that works in our favor.
I think we made some tactical errors last night and I believe we should have brought on Walcott, I also still believe Arteta is left wanting at this level as is Giroud. But hey, we can't get it right every game and defending a 3-0 lead is always hard.
I predict a good result against C|ity and can watch the game in the comfort that a draw or loss is OK as well.
I am more worried about the Chelsea game.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 12, 2013 12:58 Flag
Now you are being silly, and heavily biased. Ajax and Celtic never had a chance to get out of group H. Two tough teams does not make a tough group since more often than not they both progres to the knock-out stages. Napoli, Arsenal and Dortmund are all miles ahead of Ajax and Celtic and as was proven, where well matched against each other. This was the most competitive group and the final standing proves it.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 12, 2013 10:33 Flag
I also watched the game and normally I would be very nervous about this game but at no time did it feel to me that Arsenal were in danger of not qualifying. Sure, I don't think this team is at its best trying to defend a 3-0 lead and that is what it looked like they were doing last night but 1-0 down after 90 minutes it never looked close to us being knocked out. The first half we were solid and I thought once Cazorla went out and Ramsey came in we became a bit sloppy.
I think this loss might set us up well for the City game.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 12, 2013 09:13 Flag
The same will apply for the City game Ie City will be the more rested team and already have the deeper squad. I think we did a good job yesterday against Napoli in the first half, we should have been more determined to score and could have gotten the draw. Giroud is not deadly enough, compare that to Higuain who scored out of nowhere.
I am happy and don't care too much if we get a Barca or Real, being eliminated from the knockout stages is better than playing in the "other cup" like Spurs.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 10, 2013 11:26 Flag
For me Everton are a better team than Man U (at the moment at least) so why would there be shame for Man U to lose? Chelsea are a bit of up and down under Moureen and losing to a side who play better than they do (on most days) is not a shame either.
I was very impressed by Everton yesterday. Sure I would have liked us to convert some of our chances and gotten the win, it was possible, but didn't happen.
More importantly from a football lovers point of view it is nice to see how well they play and no shame in Man U and Chelsea losing to this team. Some times these thinner squads fade later in the year but at the moment I think they are amongst the 3 most attractive playing teams in the PL and if they can keep these performances up they have a real shot of winning CL football. Martinez has done a great job in a short period of time.
Mertesacker thought this was Arsenal's most difficult game this year and I can see why.
On an other note this game once again highlighted why we need a deadly striker to compete for all trophies if you ask me. Giroud is an admirable work horse with decent stats but he is by no means a Suarez or Aguero or Dzeko. In games like yesterday a striker might only get three chances and Giroud didn't convert the once he got, to me this is the difference between big game great strikers and very good striker.