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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Some Arsenal Tings
It has been a pretty ridiculous seven days at Arsenal, starting with a humbling 3-1 defeat to Villa, but ending in triumph with the same scoreline away at Fulham. Just a few thoughts:
* You'll probably hear/read that Arsenal fans are fickle with no loyalty for Wenger who's done so much for the club. If you actually asked them though, they'd probably tell you that they want Wenger to succeed, he's just going about it the wrong way. That's my experience of the situation anyway.
* This summer hasn't gone well thus far. No Arsenal fan could say otherwise. We've got rid of the deadwood, but haven't replaced it. Everything falls on this next two weeks really. Champions League qualification and the end of the transfer window. The first is all but sealed after a very comfortable win in Turkey. The latter will really shape our season though. It goes without saying that we can't compete on four fronts unless we bring in 4/5 players. I will only truly judge Wenger after that point.
* I actually agree with Wenger when he says that we have a talented squad who are capable of great things. There's just not enough of them though, and we still need at least two world-class players to make us really competitive. The base is there, it's just numbers and a little extra magic that we need.
* Players also need to step up and support Wenger like they have done in the last two games. The players on the pitch against Villa were more than capable of winning that game.
* That said, if Wenger wants all the power he needs to be able to accept criticism for not managing the team properly. Two out of the last three seasons we've been short on not just quality, but numbers. Unacceptable considering the time and money he's had available.
* No issue with signing Flamini, If he's one of 4/5, it's fine. Versatile, knows the club, knows the league and gives us bite in midfield. No issue whatsoever.
* How good has Sagna been at CB, in all three games this season and in pre-season? Remarkable.
* Even before Saturday's performance, it would have been nonsensical to let Podolski leave. Not only are we short on players, we're short on goalscorers. He may not do too much else, but he knows where the net is. You need players who can score regardless of how they are playing. Two finishes of the highest quality and I'm not sure any other Arsenal player would have scored both.
* Players like Cazorla are the reason I watch football. A class apart on Saturday.
* Rambo has been excellent, really coming into his own right now. Great to see.
* I admire Wilshere for supporting the manager, but he should do his talking on the pitch and concentrating on getting back to his very best, rather than talking about possibly leaving if Wenger goes. Make sure he stays by being brilliant, Jack.
* Giroud is handsome, isn't he?
Why Does Theo Take Them?
Can someone with footballing knowledge that far exceeds my own PLEASE explain why Walcott takes our corners and free-kicks nowadays. Why not Cazorla for example? Plus from what I've seen so far, Walcott's corner deliveries have been far from threatening.
Ali (Positive about our season despite this email) Mo, (AFC)
Bring Back Dein
To expand on Doug, Belfast's point about Wenger being able to compose a solid backline, has there ever been a really reliable one since that invincible year? The defence before he pretty much inherited and since all those guys from the '04 season moved on the team has sorely lacked a backbone - players like Lehmann, Campbell and Gilberto (and to extent the combative Flamini) were never replaced, nor the all-action midfielders like Ljungberg, Overmars and Pires who made a hefty contribution to the goals scored column. We lucked out with van Persie staying injury free and hitting the form of his life, yet failed to build on it, same as every other year. We bring in sub-standard replacements on bloated contracts and hope they come good, when we should be making transfers like Cazorla and Podolski every season. It's my opinion that the club's greatest loss hasn't been a player but David Dein, who was Mr Arsenal. I'd love for him to return, get Usmanov on board (who seems to have much more desire to win than Kroenke or Gazidis, one silent and the other all fart and no sh*t) and without doubt we can once again attain the success of the early 00's....
Boogswa, Belfast Gooner
Stop Right There Non-Existent Liverpool Fans
Before we get all the usual nonsense from Liverpool fans, you are not going to win the title just because you have beaten Stoke and Villa. All it means is you are likely to finish top of the second tier of the league behind the big five.
Karl (not affiliated to any Premiership team)
Through The Looking Glass
After watching Liverpool vs Villa I was very confused. Liverpool play badly but win, scoring one of their few chances, while their opponents are frustrated at their inability to convert?
At the same time I was trying to come to terms with the fact that Sturridge might actually be really good, Jamie Redknapp's analysis wasn't toilet and nor was the crowd participation bit of Sky's coverage.
This must be how Alice felt in Wonderland.
Aidan, Irish Liverpool fan in London (five words, three stereotypes - shame I'm not called Paddy)
Quietly Pleased With Liverpool
Last week I was quite pleased with our result but didn't want to get carried away, it was only one game after all. Our performance against Stoke highlighted that we were still frail at the back and liable to make silly mistakes which led to goals.
The performance yesterday though was incredibly impressive and possibly even more so than the one against Stoke. Before the game I worried that we'd attack a lot, like we did against Stoke but then leave space behind for them to exploit, like Arsenal did. And yet the team didn't over-commit. Gerrard barely entered the opposition half as an attacking threat and in fact looking at our players' average positions in this game versus Stoke you also see a far more defensively oriented strategy by Rodgers, with Sturridge and Coutinho far further back and Gerrard virtually on top of Lucas rather than in front of him. This is probably related to the fact that Villa dominated possession in the second half and had a huge number of chances but I liked how well the team got themselves organised. Even in the first half, less shots were taken because there were less of our players trying to get into the box, it seemed like they had been instructed not to go gung-ho.
Sadly two results doesn't really mean a great deal either. Last season we proved we could beat teams in the bottom half of the table, but with Man Utd coming over to play next Sunday I am feeling pretty excited and I will be hoping that we might be able to snatch a victory. It will be a tough game and we can't let our second-half performance slip in the way we did against both Stoke and Villa.
I really think Rodgers deserves a lot of praise for the quality of football he is producing at the club. This is undoubtedly the best team in terms of quality and in terms of style of play that we have had since Rafa's second last season. I am not saying our first team now is better than our first team then because it is probably not. But I would say that our bench is probably better quality and it was a poor squad which cost us the league back then so at least some things are moving in the right direction.
Chelsea's Attacking Midfield XI
To further illustrate Tim Coyler, London's point in Friday's afternoon mailbox I have constructed a Chelsea attacking midfielders' XI which reads as follows:
GK: Lampard (think he's tallest)
DF: De Bruyne, Moses, Hazard, Schurrle (seem the physically strongest of the bunch)
MF: Willian, Kakuta, Marin, Oscar, Piazon
FW: Mata (can finish)
That lot would be nailed on to win some football-saturated alternate dimension's single-position-from-one-club Champions' League.
Jamie, CFC, Mirfield
Chelsea Not Scared Of Spurs
I think Alex G, THFC might be the Alex Jones (American conspiracy theorist hack who yelled at poor Piers Morgan on CNN) of EPL football. He actually suggested that Chelsea bought Willian solely for the purpose of thwarting the progress of Spurs as a club. Yeah, because Chelsea are really worried about competing for the league/top four with a club who have never won the league in the PL era, and only clinched the top four twice, one of which having been THWARTED by Chelsea's CL title. Like Tim Colyer, Chelsea fan, London, I also don't really understand the logic behind buying yet another attacking/creative midfielder but I am confident it was not because Spurs were starting to look a little more competitive than Chelsea might like them to be.
Guy Adam, CFC, America