One Point Off Top, But Still A Million Miles Away

That's the Diary's view on Arsenal's title chances, but at least the Gunners are showing remarkable consistency in their trophy quest. Plus, David Moyes and the definition of insanity...

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torminator (Liverpool) says...

I really enjoy the diary every week. People get annoyed with it because it tells you the truth to your face, albeit with a vicious twist to poke fun by making everyone look completely daft. It is a breath of fresh air in a world of constant and resultantly bland news reports and sycophantic reporters or journalists afraid of not getting another interview next time round, cowing down to the likes of Fergie and Jose rather than challenging them and calling them out on their completely transparent, self-serving and intelligence-insulting nonsense. Even after Rodgers put out a team that destroyed the then league leaders he still gets a jibe in this week's diary and he's had plenty of them in other weeks when his team have not performed so well so I'm not biased because Liverpool won, in fact I could be angry that we don't receive gushing, fawning praise but that's the point about the diary, it gives you something different and something to make you think a little bit. Viva la revolution!

Posted 12:44am 12th February 2014

wozza (Manchester United) says...

It's like ground hog day for the gunners. New players, new spending philosophy. Same position in the league (you might get 3rd. That's marginally better than 4th place trophy).

Posted 5:46am 11th February 2014

side-dog (Everton) says...

In January 2011 (the 10-11 season is when I decided enough was enough with Moyes) we lost 2-0 at Stoke in what was an absolutely atrocious display of football, complete with Moyes sitting cross-armed on his own for the last 10 minutes of the match. We had won four matches by Christmas that season with what Moyes said was his "best ever squad", and by this New Years Day trip to Stoke we had seven goal scorers in the league. In his post-match interview, Moyes discussed things such as having a lot of the ball (we had 49% of it), giving away an awful second goal (an own-goal by Phil Jagielka who was so out of form that John Heitinga's omission from the squad had most of us convinced he had had a crack at Mrs Moyes), and a personal favourite of mine: "You've just got to keep doing what you're doing and hope you get the results." The proof of Moyes' insanity goes back a lot further than his latest cross-fest against a 6'7" centre-half. As I try to say in most posts; Manchester United supporters, he is your problem now.

Posted 12:56am 11th February 2014

jonnywishbone2 (Arsenal) says...

Arsenal have done the inverse of collapsing in the past 2 seasons.

Posted 7:44pm 10th February 2014

HarryBoulton says...

I am torn with Arsenal, I really am. In the inevitability that we don't retain our title (and let's be honest, we won't) if I had to pick a team to win it in our absence, it would probably be Arsenal. I like them. I always have. I like most of their fans. I like Wenger. I like to football he plays. I like his optimism, and the way he always looks to try and win a game through skill, rather than through pragmatism. I admire his footballing philosophy and his ability to mould and improve the technical skill of his players. But over the last 8 years it has become abundantly clear that he has lost his ability to guide a side to the title. They have an uncanny habit of collapsing in the final third of every season. You can set your watch by it, which is why that regardless of our shoddy form this season, I have been stunned and amazed by some of the smug arrogance emanating from their fans on here. It will be a lesson in humility for them, as it is turning out to be for many of our fans also.....

Posted 6:05pm 10th February 2014

bobsy (Liverpool) says...

ok, last week was the exception rather than the rule. the comments are still funnier than the column. sorry comment contributors

Posted 5:37pm 10th February 2014

tk421 says...

Oh and one more thing: Take a guess at how many of the first team squad are injured at my team (Chelsea) right now. There's Torres and then...erm, that's it. Cole has had a couple of issues here and there but that's it. ONE PLAYER. And injuries have *nothing* to do with money: Just the physios doing their job, the players looking after themselves properly and both of those things being managed properly. Seriously, I've always wondered with players joining Arsenal: Are they formally robust human beings who just end up getting shafted sideways by poor training and an even worse medical staff, or is joining Arsenal actually a way of admitting that they're brittle perma-crocks more interested in having their name on SSN next to "Knee, 4-6 weeks" rather than actually on a team sheet? I'd like to know what you think, megadeadly.

Posted 5:19pm 10th February 2014

tk421 says...

@megadeadly, moving on from your (inaccurate) thoughts on my penis, I note that you haven't really responded to any of the charges. You know, the ones that say you've a manager buying weaklings and the implication that there's no winning mentality at Arsenal, from the top down. Funny that so many of you dismiss this view, it's almost like the "meh" attitude that flows through your squad post-Xmas has actually affected the fans. I can only assume that most of the online Arsenal fans are armchair fans who aren't paying mad prices for season tickets, and certainly not fans going to away fixtures. In one of your posts you criticise The Diary's thoughts on Arsenal "...all because of one bad result" - It's not *just* a bad result though, is it? Those first 20mins were unacceptable and Arsene's Arsenal collapse most seasons because they're a bunch of boys who don't really look like they give a sh*t. Does that not bother you? Or are you lot so bloody used to it now that you're all just numb?

Posted 4:53pm 10th February 2014

megadeadly (Arsenal) says...

@tk421 I presume your vitriolic and senseless rant is related to your insignificant or perhaps inverted phallis. You should apply for a job writing for the Diary

Posted 2:34pm 10th February 2014

megadeadly (Arsenal) says...

@Tomm33 The point is that there are still 13 games left. This article has ignored our progess this season and completely dismissed our chances...all because of one bad result. It's reactionary and completely lacking in any real analysis

Posted 2:31pm 10th February 2014

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