That's the question that kicks off an afternoon mailbox full of debate over Arsenal and the size of Patrick Vieira's head. Plus, thoughts on colouring and Chelsea strikers...
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...
If you have anything to add on any subject, mail us at email@example.com
Sad News To Kick Off With
With all the arguing going on at the moment between Gooners and Spurs fans, can I just take a minute out to tell a sad tale from the Emirates on Sunday.
Unfortunately, the guy two seats to my right suffered a heart attack about 30 seconds before we scored, and after about 10 minutes of CPR, it seems they had to give up and stretcher him away.
There were 5 doctors in the crowd within spitting distance who all rushed to help (yes, who knew, we have very middle class support) but it seemed despite their best efforts, the old chap couldn't be helped.
Best wishes to his family and I hope that he at least enjoyed the last thing he heard, which would have been Giroud slotting home.
Brett Stirling, Zurich
Away From The Transfer Stuff...
We've just had a massive Sunday of football and it's transfer deadline day, so the chances of this getting published are pretty slim, but I'm getting increasingly annoyed with Roy Hodgson's moaning. He, along with Gary Neville, has been repeatedly complaining that there aren't enough English players to choose from. But how would Hodgson know, given that he clearly doesn't look for them? In his interview the other day he admitted that he doesn't watch the U-21 league, and 'basically never heard of Jesse Lingard'. If Capello had said that he'd have been crucified by the press.
Hodgson gave examples of players struggling to get playing time, but all were from the top 4 or 5 clubs. If he bothered to look outside the England bubble, he'd see that lower down the league there are lots of English players playing regularly, many of whom deserve at least a call up: Lallana, Shaw and Rodriguez at Soton (and I've heard that Schneiderlin is eligible for a British passport); Delph, Agbonlahor, Lowton and Westwood at Villa; Noble and Nolan at West Ham; Johnson, Howson and Redmond at Norwich; Britton, Dyer and Routledge at Swansea; Shawcross at Stoke.
I'm not saying that any of these are going to be England's saviors, but if they're good enough to be regular starters in one of the top three leagues in the world, surely at least some of them deserve a look in for England. And by look in I don't mind a tokenistic call up then immediate dropping like Osman, or picking someone on the back of a couple of decent games, like Barkley, Townsend or Sterling. Hodgson said in his interview that he doesn't think you could come up with '30 or 40' English players regularly playing in the league. The list I wrote above has 16 in it. Add those to the 25-30 players Hodgson has regularly called upon and you're already above 40. I'm sure there are plenty more players I've forgotten.
If Hodgson starts calling up some players from less fashionable clubs and they prove not to be good enough, then fair enough, he can lament the lack of talent. But at the moment he just sounds like either he's fallen into the trap of every England manager by becoming obsessed with the big clubs, or he's just getting his excuses in early for inevitable failure. Either way, it's not the kind of negative message you want to send out to English players.
...In response to Roy Hodgson, you should probably be able to name 30 to 40 players since it's, oh how do I put this?, you know, your job.
Niall, Washington, DC
...Clearly, Roy Hodgson has never seen the F365 world cup ladder.
Transfer Deadline Day With Edward Woodward
10:45am - Wake up in my London apartment, was a bit cloudy earlier but looking nice now. Might go for a stroll.
11:30am - Looks like Bale is being unveiled in Madrid, wonder if he will caddy for Ronaldo during their golf days? Should wear that pink outfit if he does.
12:45pm - Received angry call from David Moyes, he said some stuff in Scotch - think he mentioned something about a midfielder. Hmmm... Better put in another bid for Fabregas.
15:00pm - Bid rejected - disheartening, decide to get a prawn and rocket baguette from Pret a Manger. Feel better.
16:00pm - Ooh, Arsenal have signed Mesut Ozil. Well done them, luckily we have Danny Welbeck covering that position otherwise we would have seriously missed out there.
18:00pm - Quick pint in Wetherspoons, role play transfer discussions with a friend. Will get the hang of this.
21:00pm - Too many vodka red bulls in Wetherspoons. Feel a bit sick.
23:00pm - Put in another bid for Fabregas.
23:59pm - Er...Erm.... Fellaini?
00:13pm - Bollocks
An E-Mail About Mesut Ozil
MESUT OZIL. AT ARSENAL. OZIL. PLAYING FOR ARSENAL. MESUT EFFING OZIL. JESUS CHRIST.
"Matty, I wouldn't take Bale for free even if Spurs offered, Cheltenham" is an weapons-grade idiot and his comments and contributions should be ignored.
Patrick Dalton, AFC
...'Matty, I wouldn't take Bale for free even if Spurs offered, Cheltenham', you are a perfect example of the reason Arsenal fans have a bad reputation. You admitted that two weeks ago you wanted your manager to be sacked but now, two league wins later, you claim he is a genius and your team are capable of winning the league and Champions League! Fickle doesn't even come close. I'll admit you deserved to beat us but to say you played us off the park is pushing it a bit. You looked far more dangerous going forward than us and created the better chances but we still ended with 57% possession and having registered more shots than you. Those stats hardly suggest a team who was played off the park.
Another embellishment in your assessment of the game is your claim that our £100M team was beaten by your team of acadamy players and freebies. Leaving aside the fact we sold over £100M worth of players to fund the new players, how can you claim Mertesacker, Koscielny, Cazorla, Ramsey, Rosicky and Giroud are freebies or academy players? Your team cost money to put together just as ours did.
In fact, having read your mail again I get the feeling you only made those claims in order to increase your chances of getting published. Either that or you're deluded as well as fickle.
Please allow me to write an email in two parts.
I'll start with the serious part that I was bitterly disappointed with Man Utd's performance on Sunday. It's always tough to lose to a 'fierce rival' especially when the team plays so poorly. Moyes said it would take time to make his own stamp on the team and I think it showed. That was a Fergie team playing fergie football with Fergie results. If Man Utd could gazump Arsenal for Ozil that'd be pretty magical but it looks unlikely. It genuinely does take a long time to mould a team and hopefully a signing on deadline day should help that.
Now for the fun part, taking apart the bullshit from the morning mailbox that made me laugh so much my boss thought there was something wrong with me:
Gregory Whitehead, LFC - Why exactly are you including games against Liverpool as the 'big 4'? Just to skew the stats? Lets look at the actual top four where Moyes has won numerous times at Man City. I've seen this 'stat' trotted out many times when it also means pretty much nothing. Everton were a strong underdog in every single one of those games.
Matty, Cheltenham - Your Arsenal team is good enough to win the Premier League and/or Champions League? Don't make me laugh. Man Utd have a better chance of the Champions League and that's saying something! Also Matty your "team of academy players and freebies" would include Santi Cazorla bought for £12m, Theo Walcott for £5-12m, Giroud for £9.6m, Per Mertesacker for £10m, Laurent Koscielny for £10m and also having one of the largest wage bills in the league. You're a complete moron.
Joe Donohoe - Keep up your prejudiced and flat out inaccurate beliefs. Carrick has already proven himself to be good enough, although admittedly in the big games he has had to run the midfield practically on his own leading him to be overwhelmed by numbers/power.
Chris, MUFC - We all see you practically every day in the mailbox and I have to say that you are the one who appears to be the bellend. Man Utd already tried to sign Adem Ljajic in 2009 but failed due to work permit issues. I don't think that would change as he is currently frozen out of the international team.
That was fun!
Calum, MUFC (please print this MC, some people need to be told the bad news that they're idiots), Reading
Cool Thy Jets
Would just like to say that the views of Gregory Whitehead, LFC, are not shared by the majority of Liverpool fans, or at least I'd hope they're not. Yes Gregory we won a football match yesterday, but you know and I know just how good United are, and to call them a "soon to be mid table team" is just plain silly, and quite disrespectful. It goes to show you how far Liverpool have fallen that we (myself included), celebrated yesterdays victory as if we'd one the league. While our form is good, there is still a long way to go, and we can't rely on Daniel Sturridge all season. So just calm yourself down a bit.....
Kevin, LFC, Dublin
Happy For Bale
Just been watching the live unveiling of Bale at Madrid. As a Spurs fan I was expecting to hate every minute, but strangely I have to say I'm really happy for him. It's probably down to the fact that he seems like a down-home kinda guy, and it does seem like this was something he genuinely dreamed about. I could get all cynical about it, but instead I'll just say all the best Gareth, thanks for the memories, especially those two nights vs Inter....
Specialist91 (Ronaldo on the left, Gareth on the right....wowzers.)
Whatever Moyes does or doesn't do in the dying hours of the transfer window will be wrong. He's damned either way ("Fellani, is that the best you can do?"). The person to blame, if there should be one, is Ed Woodward.
Whilst the idea that Moyes is the one going around making silly undervalued offers for players is nice for his detractors, it is actually The Unequalizer who's responsible for making United's summer business look so cackhanded. Whether he's trying to show off some previously unknown/irrelevant negotiating skills or he's just incompetent, it's his fault clubs around Europe are dismissing offers out of hand.
United miss David Gill way more than they miss Fergie, geez is Publicity Pete was better at his job than Mr Woodward
Simon, London (Quite impressed that LFC have signed Simon Phoenix to do demolition job on PL).
A Good Whinge
How on earth did Moyes think we played well yesterday? A limp performance if ever there was one. If we were still playing I doubt we'd have scored. Now I am fully behind the manager and think with time he will fit nicely into the job. But don't try and pull the wool over supporters eyes, some of which are still very uncertain about you, by openly lying to us about the performance.
Everything possible has been said about the brilliant career of Ryan Giggs. However I thought the days of seeing him start big games would go with Fergie. What is the logic in starting a near 40 year old in one of the most frantic, fast paced games in Europe? Giggs will produce a moment of magic every season, but that shouldn't automatically mean he is good to start another 20 games or whatever. The sad fact is that his bad days now outweigh his good ones by some distance, and have done for some time. Probably fair enough for a 39 year old too!
Barring you work with the club, none of us are quite sure who is at fault for the transfer fiasco this summer has been. Whether it is Moyes dithering over players or Woodward dithering over money, someone has a lot to answer for. How do we all of a sudden try and sign Herrera with so little time left in the window, whilst apparently didn't want to meet Fellaini's buy out clause, but are now going to pay even more for him? What sums it up for me is that our opening bid for Cesc Fabregas, serial trophy winner with club and country and approaching his prime, was less than our openg bid for Ander Herrera, an apparently very good player, who the majority of United fans knew f*** all about until last Friday.
Roll on 11pm tonight!
Well, there was at least one crowing Arsenal fan in this morning's mailbox (I must admit that I was expecting more!) however as a Spurs fan, I've taken a load of positives from yesterdays loss at the football ground next to the Sobel Sports Centre in Islington.
Firstly this squad, which has been together about 14 minutes were able to boss possession for long periods of the game against what is often considered the best possession side in the Premier League (although Liverpool may well hold this title soon given the way things are going). We were able to pass effectively through a packed middle of the park and didn't look out of our depth, except for the 10-15 minute period after Arsenal scored.
Our problem was simply that the forwards don't know what to expect of each other yet; The final ball is always the most difficult and so that's where a team's inexperience is always going to show. We were all over arsenal in the last 10-15 minutes and forced them to play solely on the counter attack.
With a bit of practice and some more time together this team will score goals (and turn over some teams by big scorelines) and will be a decent force in the Premiership, this was just a match too soon and the forthcoming international break really isn't helpful to anyone, but that's another argument.
Matt "It's the hope that gets you" L, London
So after everything that happened yesterday, the most important question still has not been answered!
Can Liverpool beat a team in the top 4?