Moyes is lacking 'charismatic authority', Kieran Gibbs is defended, Chelsea's problems are examined and a dreadful chant attacked. It's a glorious mailbox...
Fear is stopping Moyes dismantling Fergie's team, we are told. Plus, one Arsenal fan digs at Gibbs and mails on Martinez, the Group of Death and a Spurs Christmas list...
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Hate Is A Strong Word
Phil, MUFC - Salford. I thought I would give you some perspective from a fairly rational Liverpool fan.
I don't hate Manchester United. Hate is a very strong word and should be reserved for war criminals, kitten torturers and people that use the word 'banter'. I do dislike Manchester United. It's a titles thing, and now you have more than us with little prospect of us catching up in the near future.
This is not a new thing. People have disliked Man U for ages. To be honest, the reasons we're all cock-a-hoop at the moment are:
1. You no longer have the greatest club manager in the world.
2. Your new manager has a lousy record against Liverpool.
3. You have no midfield. My theory on this one for the last few years, is Fergie became a bit bored of winning the league with a proper team, and decided to see he could do it handicapped. Showing off really, like Ronnie O'Sullivan playing left handed.
4. You've not played any proper games yet. I suspect Moyes will do just fine, and Man U will be challenging for the title as usual - we therefore have a limited window in which to enjoy some perceived perch toppling.
Good luck with the new season. Hope your team fails miserably, but we both know they won't.
Jeremy (my lot? Meh..5th maybe.) Aves
...F365, you publish inane mails like TJ's (The ramblings of a coffee drunk), and then you wonder why there are 'ABUs' around.
Do you know what that mail reads like to the more sensible football fans? Here it is:
"Oooh oooh, did you know United are the best? Oh yes United are the best. And did you hear United are the best?
(the one decent player we made in the last 10 years left for Real Madrid but) United are the best.
(our 2nd best footballer wants to leave this season but) United are the best.
(that guy will go to Arsenal because they suck) and United are the best.
(we may sign Bale, because apparently we don't want to sell to rivals but Spurs might want to) United are the best"
See how annoying this is? Please stop publishing such mails.
No Cause For Optimism
Do United fans really have cause for optimism? I totally disagree. On the evidence thus far, there are dark days ahead for them. They've basically gone and given a 6 year contract to a jobber. A mid table worker. Moyes does a very credible job on small budgets but so did Roy Hodgson - and look at the legacy and damage he left at Liverpool. Could not handle the big job. Moyes smacks of Roy.
He's already gone and got RVP injured due to his 'dinosaur' coaching methods, according to a dutch fitness expert. Recalling Everton, weren't they always 'unlucky' with injuries every season? Poor Tim Cahill's knees were shattered at 26.
If he really does want to keep Rooney, then he's shown his inexperience handling the big name players - yes he had young Wayne back then but now he's got the big time star - and he's told him he's a bench warmer for a player who may spend a lot of the time in the treatment room. So if Rooney leaves then perhaps Welbeck will be relied upon for the goals. Think about for a minute. Yes, there is Hernandez (a super little pea) but he had Jelavic signed January 2012 so didn't have time to coach the goals out of a natural scorer. Well he made up for lost time last season. Moyes is not a striker's best friend.
And pre-season friendlies, they count for nothing right? However, teams can carry form into the start of the new season, and they've already lost to the equivalent of two pub teams. If Moyes manages to get 4th after a terrible start to the season then for him that will represent success. He may want an open bus tour through Manchester to celebrate. The evidence, right now, does not stack up on the side of optimism. Moyes is small time.
Why Suarez Is Worth It
Whilst numbly trying to look like I am being productive at my desk, clicking lots of buttons pretending to do work, when in fact drifting between Twitter and the F365 transfer blog, I've read enough about the Suarez transfer to form an idea.
As an Arsenal fan, I'm quite chilled out about it. I don't consider anyone an Arsenal player un till they are on the website, so I still expect Real to swoop for Suarez and us to end up re-signing Sylvan Wiltord to lead the line next year. I think if we do get him, Arsenal will be paying the extra £15m (expecting you'd have to pay £40-45m for King Luis, which is mental to consider as an AFC fan) for three things;
1. He's in his prime
2. Premier League ready
3. To finally give AFC fans one over on a team in the EPL, after being the whipping boys of the transfer market the next few years.
I still won't believe it till' I see it, but for me the prospect of us destabilising a domestic rival for the first time since signing Sol Campbell is huge, which is why I think Arsene pulled the tracks on any deal for Higuain.
Anyone know of any other transfers that only seem to be in the pipeline to p*ss off your rivals?
Ben (back to loud clicking and answering phones), Hampshire
Arsenal Fans Love The Royal Baby
I thought only Arsenal fans were moaning about it because it was vaguely mocking the good old British institution that is the Arsenal (as an aside, I reckon Arsenal fans are thrilled by the royal birth on the whole), but then I see even some UTD fans think Henry's comments were "unprofessional and uncalled for". Really?
Come on Chris (and anyone else for that matter), if that is your response to a light hearted dig then go live in the Somewhereshire and moan about how the world is going to the dogs. It was much more interesting than the usual drivel we get from club executives, managers, players, pundits etc. The mailbox regularly moans about how boring interviews are, and how clubs just trot out the same old cliches, but then when somebody says something a bit different you get all in a twist and worry about the image of the club (which you don't even support!).
Obviously, Ian Holloway has gone too far the other way, but a bit of harmless fun (sit down Jonjo, not that kind of bantz) should be welcomed.
Jack (6 foot 2, eyes of blue, used to sell the Big Issue - I expect Old Trafford to sing that every home game in honour of big bad Bebe) Manchester
It's Simple: Don't Defend Him
There was a mail in the morning mailbox yesterday by Patrick Dalton, AFC, which stated he did not want Suarez at Arsenal due to various reason (tonful of baggage, will leave soon, not suited to the 'Arsenal way' of doing things, lack of class, etc). There are many other Arsenal fans who feel this way, and I'll agree this makes sense. So I've devised a set of guidelines the club and we, the fans, could follow that will help us maintain our class, and still reap the benefits of an extremely talented footballer.
1. When he dives, don't defend him, openly accept he dived, disapprove of it in front of other fans, say he did it for the team's benefit, but you don't approve of it, and hope as crazy Arsene doesn't say, "I did not zee zat".
2. When he makes a racist remark, don't wear t-shirts showing support, don't release an official statement showing support, and don't go blabbering about how what he did is accepted in his country. It's wrong, plain and simple, and irrespective of whether he plays for your club of not, stand up and say it in front of your rivals in bars, pubs, stadiums, and on twitter and fb, that he does not get our support, and is wrong.
3. When he bites yet again, don't wait for the FA to take action, ban him immediately, a club ban starting with immediate effect, before the FA even start considering the case.
This way, Arsenal will ensure we maintain our class, show the world how we are different from others, and we still maintain the 'Arsenal way'. Don't defend anything wrong he does in front of rival fans, in person or in the virtual world. It'll be the right way. Some may say doing all this would mean the player may get less love from the fans than he may desire, and may leave soon, but as already established, he'll leave soon anyway. LFC showed him more loyalty, support and love than anyone can, he's still on the way out, which brings me to my most important point.
4. Cheer his goals, enjoy when he brings us victories, chant his name if he gets us that thing which starts with a T, but do not, in any case, ever, fall in love with him, because he will definitely break your heart. Players we thought were saints and loved our club did so, a well established c*nt like him will surely leave soon.
Shubhanshu Chawla, 26, New Delhi
Rodgers Is Handling This Well
I know Brendan Rodgers gets a lot of stick here but I'm impressed by the way he is handling the Suarez situation. We are sticking to our guns and looking for £50m plus, the only way I see Suarez leaving for 40m is if he hands in a transfer request. It's a win win situation though...for both parties and the league as a whole. Arsenal get a world class forward while Liverpool get funds to strengthen the squad with 2-3 quality signings. It will make the top six sides pull a bit closer together (Everton of course will drop to about 10th).
Naturally this time next year Luis will realise arsenals definition of a "trophy" and will again push for a move to Spain.
Alternatively, Arsenal will refuse to pay what we want for Suarez and he will stay with us for another then go to Madrid. It would then be great if arsenal withdrew the £40m offer but still transferred the £1 as I'm sure Jamie Carragher is gutted about losing that in the Arsenal crowd!
Do Or Die For Spurs
Hang on a minute, did I read that correctly? Did 'Alex G, THFC' just say that Gareth Bale could WIN Tottenham the league next year!?! I am well aware that that quite frankly batsh*t mental statement and the inevitable reaction it will receive was the main reason you published his mail but surely he is the only Spurs fan in the universe who genuinely thinks that is even remotely possible. Anyone else? Baby steps Alex, don't run before you can walk big guy.
For what it is worth here is my (albeit potentially biased) Gooner perspective on Spurs. If they are ever going to cause any of the big boys any trouble in the next 5/10 years then it HAS to be next year. In all honesty I thought their opportunity had passed when they missed out on the Champions League last year but with Arsenal still to spend money, and the other big teams in the league changing manager, there is still a chance.
They have a wonderful young manager, a decent squad and one of the world's best players but if they finish outside of the top 4 again then I'm fairly sure that will be it for them. AVB will go, Bale will be off and the glass ceiling above them will be firmly in place. Next summer Arsenal will be even more filthy rich, Chelsea will have Mourinho, City will spend more of their seemingly endless pots of cash and Man Utd will still be Man Utd. The gap will be far too wide for Spurs. If Financial Fair play doesn't somehow stop City and Chelsea then I believe the big 4 will be well and truly untouchable for the foreseeable future.
Tom (At least Spurs have one more shot, Liverpool don't have a hope in hell of Champions League footy for the next 10 years) Goldenballs
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Here Are Mine.
Jesus Navas - Jess Naval
Harry Redknapp - Harry Red Nappy
Maroune Fellani - Marine Feline
Andre Schurrle - Andre Shirley
Iago Aspas - I Go Ass Pass
Wilfred Bony - Wilfred Boney
Razvan Rat - Raven Rat
I haven't even tried Russian names as yet...
Vally, South Africa
...Yohan Cabaye - Johan Cabbage
Hatem Trabelsi - Harem Travels I
Xabi Alonso - ZANU also so
Dimitar Berbatov - Similar Barbaric
Romelu Lukaku - Timely Likely