After blaming a lack of fortune for Man United's problems, David Moyes made his own luck in an improved second half on Tuesday. More of the same is required...
...and they did. David Moyes can afford to smile a little after his United side got noticeably stronger over 90 minutes. That's not happened enough times this season...
Although Arsenal players can't help being asked about the Gunners' title chances next season, it would perhaps be best if their answers reflected the club's activity in the transfer market thus far: 'No comment'.
In the past week Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky have all talked up the team's title hopes while Mikel Arteta is 'excited' by the club's plans despite any real indication that Arsenal are in better shape to improve on their fourth-place finish. Who knew that Yaya Sanogo could cause such giddy optimism?
"I believe we can be contenders again," said Arteta. "I believe in what we have but if we can strengthen a bit, then we are going to make the gap with the other teams much closer."
The problem with this 'belief' is that Arsenal have shown before that it counts for very little when your rivals are busy adding more than just positive vibes to their squads.
Despite Arsene Wenger's belief that the Gunners could win the title last year, Arsenal were already ten points off the pace after just eight matches and nothing has changed to suggest that things will be different in the coming campaign. If anything, Spurs' acquisition of Brazil international Paulinho suggests Arteta should be more concerned about the one-point gap to fifth than bridging the 16 points to first.
You can forgive Arsenal fans for allowing themselves to get excited when Ivan Gazidis spoke of 'an escalation in financial firepower' at his annual Q&A at the end of the season, but the club's transfer business to date - or lack of transfer business to date - is achingly familiar. Six weeks after Gazidis caused a stir with his comments Wenger is yet to add the names supporters crave, with cash-rich Napoli now opening talks with Real Madrid over Gonzalo Higuain.
It isn't always straightforward to secure sought-after targets - perhaps an area in which Arsenal lack experience - but it is easy to keep schtum instead of encouraging hollow optimism over a title challenge. "Everyone at the training ground has been talking about big-name signings," said Jack Wilshere on Tuesday, but that's exactly how Arsenal's transfer activity should be perceived - all talk without the pay-off.
Perhaps Gazidis intended to have completed one or two exciting deals by this stage, or perhaps his chest-thumping was merely a cynical ploy to sell more season tickets and keep fans on-side in the short term. What's clear is that Arsenal supporters won't be sold a pup for much longer.
If Gazidis is committed to offering Wenger a new contract to ward off interest from PSG, then the club need to back up that decision by breaking the Möbius band which constantly leads them back to the same point. The only way to achieve this aim is to bolster the squad with the names that have Wilshere and his teammates gossiping on the training pitch, but whether Arsenal have the conviction to push ahead with their plans is yet to be seen.
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