The mailbox is very much split between Arsenal fans saying 'f*** you, we got through' and the doom merchants. We also have a mails on Chamakh for Chelsea and...
More on the great Keano debate this afternoon, and who is and who is not bitter and so forth. Plus, a footballer who became a WWE wrestler, and Gaius Julius Caesar...
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Play The Game, Everybody Play The Gaaaaaaaaaaame
So it looks like Rooney will stay at Utd and if he does he will be offered a new deal.
This is the second time he has played this game and won.
Fool me once Wayne, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!
It's something that has bothered me since the first time I read this many months ago. Why want rid of one of the best Premier League players from the past couple of years?
After once again muttering my thoughts out loud, my girlfriend walks past and causally says, "Because he looks too much like AVB".
And bang! For me the mystery has been solved. My mind is at rest.
Perhaps should Mata shave his head, grow a handlebar moustache and perhaps wear some sport goggles (a la Edgar Davids), José will be able to work with him.
Quick question to any Turks who frequent this site - what gives with Fenerbache and Galatasaray fans being so pally? I was under the impression that you were all on-field stabbing, dead chicken throwing, closed doors football playing die-hard rivals but at the Emirates a few weeks back I was amazed to see scores of Fenerbache fans standing (chanting!) shoulder to shoulder with Galatasaray fans. Last night it looked like there were hundreds of Gala shirts dotted around the stadium too.
Can you imagine Arsenal and Spurs ever co-habiting like that in a European game? How about River/Boca? Rangers/Celtic? Do you guys hate Arsenal or something? I'm reluctant to believe that there's such a strong rivalry between English and Turkish football in general that they put aside their differences to 'face a common foe'. After all, it's not like they're 'small clubs' who need to pool support. Are we going to see Barca and Real fans joining forces the next time the boys from Germany come to town? I doubt it.
So what gives? Has this rivalry been overhyped or do you just put party politics aside in Europe?
Simon (or are there just some double-hard Turks knocking about?) CFC
Ooooooooooooh - Fight! Fight! Fight!
So Arsenal are in the Champions League again. As much as Wenger loves this achievement, he fails to recognise that it's only made possible by the record of achievements by Chelsea and Man Utd in the cup.
Without their record, England wouldn't have 4 teams in the competition (Liverpool's records in the cup I think are too far back now for the coefficient). In the last 15 years Arsenal have only made it to the semi's twice and haven't gone beyond the last 16 for the last 3 years.
It's about time Arsenal really contributed to the coefficient, before it's too late and 4th no longer cuts it...
Arsenal As Fleas
The topic of my email is Arsenal's range (by range I mean their potential to win trophies) and my question is...
Do the current low expectations of Arsenal have a part to play in their recent lack of success? - most notably winning trophies. Whilst writing this I am thinking about the Premier League and Champions league.
My mate has a pet lizard - this lizard will stop growing so that it doesn't get too big for its tank... is this the same for Arsenal and their run in these two competitions?
Being a visual learner, I liken this situations to the Hounsell fleas experiment whereby a number of fleas are collected and placed in a jar. The fleas can jump exceptionally high, however when placed in a jar they obviously hit the lid as they pounce. After three days the lid is removed, however the fleas will only jump to a maximum of the height of the jar - they have been permanently conditioned as such and even when they breed, future generations will continue to only jump to the height set by the lid, despite their physical ability to leap much higher.
Are Arsenal trapped in the jar? Can they escape the glass lid?
I look forward to your responses.
Did everyone see Per Mertesacker angrily slap Yaya Sanogo's arm from his face when they were in a wall for a free kick together?
It was magnificent.
First of all I have always been a fan of Ramsey and I am delighted he is finally over that horrific injury.
While I agree with most of Sarah's article , I however cannot agree with the fact that it would have been wrong to stifle his development by buying a ready made player. While I love the fact that we can produce some amazing youngsters, no one else is doing what we do and it is costing us dearly. Here is a list of some young players we have decided to play instead of stifling their development.
Van Persie - now playing for united and won us zero trophies.
Fabregas - Barcelona
Song - Barcelona
Flamini - did a runner after one good season
Clichy - Manchester city
I could go on but that's just a small list , my point however is because we don't surround these talents with ready made players to help them win, these players seem to do one after a couple good seasons ( excluding Fabregas).
If we continue this way I can bet my left nut that Ramsey , Wilshere and Walcott will find another club in 5 years or less.
Deshope ( sign some players) Doherty
...I'm sorry I normally agree with Sarah Winterburn on most things - not least because I've often thought she might be related to our former left back, but I cannot agree with her over Ramsey.
Some gooners chose to knock Ramsey last season but I wasn't one of them. The reason Ramsey failed so badly last season was Wenger chose to play him out of position while waiting for Walcott to sign da ting.
Following Walcott's return to the fold Ramsey returned to his favoured position and in so doing saw an upturn in his form. His perceived drop in form early last season can only be blamed on one man and that's the guy who picks the team.
Ramsey isn't the ugly duckling who has suddenly transformed into a swan - he always was a swan to begin with!
Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf London
Wenger is right. Jose won't sell Mata to us. But yesterday Mata's dad was at the Emirates, in the VIP section. Here's the plot. Arsene will sign Mata's dad for peanuts on a 1 year contract, the terms being that he persuades his soon to be under-utilized son by next summer, to sign for Arsenal. Mata senior will be subject to a clause where he receives 10% of the money on the value of his son's contract should Juan sign next summer, say June 1st .
Should Juan sign a pre-contract with Arsenal in the January transfer window, Mata Sr. gets another bonus. Should he sign permanently for Arsenal in January, Mata Sr. gets 15% of his son's contract value.
However, the contract could be null and void should Juan get sidelined by injury for 75% of the 2013-14 season.
Arsene has the patience. He waited a full season for Chamakh to arrive on a free transfer. He will wait for Mata. Arsene knows.
It is still only half time at the Emirates when I am writing this mail. Arsenal have performed well enough and scored a goal, have the CL spot virtually tied up and I predict the second half to be a breeze. But this is not the agenda of my mail tonight.
I noticed you writing on your website about Arsenal " fielding a virtually first-choice XI" for today's match. Now, keeping aside the fact that the squad is spread paper thin at this moment, I want to bring to notice the relatively even distribution of talent across the whole of Arsenal's current squad. It is now impossible to be surprised at a team sheet before a match because almost every player is good enough to be included in the first XI. Even when you consider the injured players (Diaby, Vermaelen, Arteta, AOC), there is not a single player who Wenger could include in the team and induce a cry from the fans (barring maybe Sanogo). This, I believe is the true achievement from our last season and the transfer window. Adding 3-4 players of equal, if not better quality and I believe this squad has it in them to win silverware.
Well Arsenals qualification for this years Champions League was a lot easier than was expected. We have had a difficult start to the Premier League and there has been - quite rightly some serious questioning of our strategy around bringing in quality players to improve the team so that we can challenge for titles/cups. That questioning on all the forums such as 365 that I have seen has been passionate, balanced and respectful. And sorry Arsene we have not been brainwashed by the media.
However, what worried me at the game last night was the lack of fans attending the game. I have been to a Champions League game for 16 years running and this must have been the lowest attendance for an Arsenal home game. Now I know that is relative because there was probably 40,000 in attendance. Most clubs would love that . However, in our time of troubles what we needed was a full house to get behind the team. I just hope we as fans are not taking the Champions League for granted. It will be really tough to qualify this year and although we have every right to question and challenge everything the club does as part of the social contract Arsenal has with fans that pays the wages of Arsene and Co, we have to do our part by turning up home and away.
A full house, is not just for Spurs this Sunday; ManYoo;Chelski etc. It is for every Arsenal game - which is why we are Arsenal.
Lets get behind the team
Tony Laforce, Hackney
Re: Mark James, LFC and his "Happy, Chelsea Fans?" submission.
Why yes, thanks for asking.
Two games in (three actually by the way) and we have seven points. Not bad going I'd say. The key is we've not played amazing but we've still won; something that was a rarity under Benitez.
As for Luiz and Mata; not in Jose's plans? Oh you must mean that he doesn't put injured players on the pitch. I could see where that could be confusing but never mind. When you have the likes of Hazard, De Bruyne, Oscar and Schurrle you don't really need to risk Mata at this stage given the wealth of games we're likely to play this season.
Mata's "lack of game time" is down to injury by the way. He played in the Confeds Cup and, as a result of that and injury, managed very little match time in pre-season and just 65 mins against Villa.
So yes, I'd say we're pretty pleased after just three games.
Da vs, CFC
...I would just like to offer the thoughts of a Chelsea fan seeing as the last mailbox was full of Man Utd fans moaning about life. But firstly let me respond to Mark James...
Firstly your jokes are crap, please never tell another. Secondly Luiz and Mata are both in the process of getting back to full fitness after injuries, hence the restricted game time. Why risk either player in such a big game?
Yes the game on Monday wasn't very exciting but both teams didn't want to lose and not conceding came before scoring. So to blame it all on Chelsea's set up is wrong. Cleverly and Carrick offered nothing going forward and Chelsea had more shots on target than United.
Currently Chelsea have 12 first team midfielders on their books, Van Genkil, Lampard, Essien, Mikel, Oscar, De Bruyne, Mata, Schurlle, Moses, Hazard, Willian and Ramires.
That's not including Luiz who can play defensive mid and all the players out on loan that were bought for big money.
That's twelve players being paid anywhere from 40k to 180k a week for five places. Excluding if Rooney is signed who can also play in that attacking midfield role.
We need to get some of those players off the books and get a centre half, a left full and a defensive midfielder who isn't over thirty (Essien), isn't dirt (Mikel) and defensive midfield is their actual position (Ramires, Lampard, Luiz) also are Chelsea the first team who can field a team of first squad midfielders? And who would go in goal?
I can't help but see a pattern in Liverpool performances so far this season where we keep falling asleep at half time. I don't think it is a lack of fitness because tonight we have played extra time and done pretty well.
Weirdly the team were excellent after extra time started, it is just such a shame because Toure's groin might be buggered for Sunday and I don't really want anyone but him and Agger in the middle for Sunday.
On the plus side, Henderson reminded everyone why he starts for us, Ibe is pretty good though can be a little wasteful in possession and Sterling is absolutely brilliant. He might have a chance to start on Sunday after his performance.
Can you please refrain from publishing e mails by Garey Vance, MUFC? He is far too reasonable for a fan of one of the big clubs. I believe I speak for the entire readership when I say that we much prefer hyperbolic knee-jerk reactions than his reasoned assessments.
Jamie, Northener stranded in Essex
So, after Monday night's bore-draw it mentions in Mediawatch that it went "out into the night to furiously twerk".
Well it says here (on the web-site of a generally well-respected British TV institution) that a twerk is a "sexually-suggestive dance", so I hope a good time was had by all. In fact perhaps next time you might like to ask selected readers join in.
Nigel Downs, Geneva