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...
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Notwithstanding his title medal from last season, I wonder if Robin van Persie looks at Arsenal now and feels a pang of regret at leaving? Of course, Arsenal have won nothing yet and may not. However, it would seem, so far this season that Man Utd's fortunes are unravelling. As Dazza, Dublin commented, the fault for their current malaise rests with Sir Alex Ferguson.
RvP could not have known SAF was going to leave a year later after signing so I wonder how he feels now? How long will he stay? He moved to win titles, is that very likely to happen in the near future? One Premier League title for a man of his talent is a poor return and I can't see Utd challenging for the title this season. By contrast, Arsenal are only going to attract better players now that Ozil is in the side.
I don't feel that the world's best players are going to look at Utd and feel that inclined to sign for them. Nobody can foresee the future but perhaps RvP jumped ship at precisely the wrong time? That title medal may prove to be bittersweet in the long run.
Dave Edwards, Arsenal and England
Right then my fellow Arsenal FC enthusiasts. As it's Friday In order to allow you the correct amount of happiness whilst following Arsenal FC's results I have compiled a happiness allowance list on a rating of 1-10. Please adhere to this so as not to upset supporters of other teams.
Top of the league at any point during September to Christmas - 2 happiness
Top of the league at any point during January to March - 3 happiness
Top of the league in April - 5 (steady now lads)
Top of the league up to Mid May - 7 (hold it back people...)
Win the league - 9 (1 point docked for drawing too many games. Grump)
At this point you are allowed to shout 'Yay' once whilst the team lift the trophy but then immediately back to 1 happiness as the season is now over and the summer begins.
Win the League Cup - 5 happiness (it's only the league cup)
Win the FA Cup - 6 (whatever man)
Win the Champions League - 7 (should have won it before now to be honest so you should not be too happy)
Win the Community Shield - 1
Win the Emirates Cup - 0
Win the 4th place trophy - 4
Win a derby match - 0
Sign Messi and Ronaldo - 3
Wenger's new contract - 5
Sorry to bore you chaps and chapettes but this needed to be sorted out.
Any chance we can send David Moyes out on loan to gain some experience, rather than Zaha?
No doubt this'll get him on his high horse but can I point out to Chris MUFC it is probably a little harsh to blame Utd's 6-1 defeat to City on Utd playing a high line caused by Vidic's lack of pace - he wasn't even in the squad that day!
Ashley Young was though so feel free to blame him...
Oh Dear, Oh Dear
So Dazza, Dublin thinks the Arsenal Squad is weak once you get past the 1st XI. Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear!
Even the dumbest Premier league follower will note that Arsenal's midfield is currently without the injured Walcott, Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Diaby and up to last week Arteta & Rosicky, yet could still field Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, & their minder Flamini. Spain's left back Monreal can't get in the side coz Gibbs is playing so well. Jenkinson is more than ready now Sagna has joined the injured list!
In fact the ONLY position on the pitch where they could be perceived to be short is the pivotal front man Giroud. They have limited cover here with Bendtner who has never lived up to his own hype & Walcott/Podolski (when not injured) but would lose the hold up/link up play that Giroud provides. So this is the one position out of 11 that is a concern.
And while we're at it - I want to address this perception that Spurs have a strong squad? Would Eriksen get in any side ahead of Ozil or Cazorla? - NO! Would Townsend get in ahead of Walcott or the Ox? - NO (we know this is true look at the England team)! Paulinho ahead of Ramsey or Wilshere? - Of course not! Would Chadli...actually even Spurs fans wouldn't argue a case for the Chadl man!!!
As for the £26m striker with no goals (other than from the penalty spot) or the only centre half in world football that gets intimidated by Torres...oh please!
Rant over have a nice weekend everybody!
Chris (please stop believing what the journalists say and trust your own eyes) Charteris
In response to JB (Moss Side, Manchester)
If you're going to get on your high horse stating that other clubs buy in youth products, probably best to check your facts 1st.
Joe Hart played over 50 matches for Shrewsbury before Man City paid £600k for him.
... I felt compelled to scribe a somewhat angry missive in response to JB (Moss Side, Manchester). Your point of Man Citeh fielding Hart and Richards as their homegrown talent is a fair point, Richards hasn't had a look in this past three seasons and Hart is arguably head and shoulders above the rest of the squad as the weak link. His performances have been flakey at best recently.
But then you go on to mention Liverpool having to buy talent in the form of Sturridge and Henderson. And you apologise by inserting "the following not a dig." Here's my rebuttal, no offence mate but you are a clown of the highest order. Just because I said no offence doesn't mean you can't take offence. Liverpool can boast Andre Wisdom, Martin Kelly, and Raheem Sterling as first team squad players. Oh and didn't that fella Steven Gerrard come through the youth ranks or was he signed for exuberant money? After that you could throw in John Flanagan and Jordan Ibe as products of the youth system. If you want to be pedantic, and I do, Yesil, Coady, Sinclair and Morgan have played in the first team. Let's not forget the on loan Suso who featured heavily last season.
Man U have Rooney, signed as young player, Rafael, Fabio, Evans, Wellbeck, Cleverly and Januzaj in their first team. Arsenal, well I think we all know that they make world class players, not sign them. Spurs have Walker, Dawson, Rose, Naughton, Fryers, and Townsend in their first team squad. I could go through the entire premier league but I have a wedding to attend!
Anyway, I have made my point. I suppose I'll throw in the obligatory "I bet you don't publish this mail" comment in the hope that the MC sees red and publishes it just to spite me.
Seamus, "I don't do brackets, I do inverted commas," Perth.
Fergie Was A Good Chauffeur Or Something
You don't know what you got 'til it's gone" so the saying goes and especially true of one Alexander Ferguson.
The fact is United won many-a-title at the expense of teams better than them due to Ferguson's refusal to accept defeat.
Last season City had a better squad but Fergie's man-management combined with the signing of that Dutch fella helped them to the league.
But a decade ago United won league titles they really shouldn't have. I maintain that the Arsenal team of the early to mid noughties underachieved.
They only managed two titles between 2001 and 2005 when in reality they should have won the league in 2002, 2003 and 2004 - the trio of Henry, Pires and Bergkamp should have seen us through but United won the league at our expense.
One wonders how many of those titles Fergie won would have been achieved under a different manager.
You could put Damon Hill in Michael Schumacher's Ferrari but he still wouldn't have managed as many world championships as the great man even though it's the same car. United are still the same car - the problem is the driver and you just won't ever find anyone else who will fit in that car better than Fergie.
Graham Simons, Gooner, (Kudos to the guy who got Louis CK and Partridge in the same mail), Norf London
No Pressure, Degsy
As it's a particularly slow Friday, my usualy routine of reading but ignoring Degsy's tips I've decided to put my money where my mouth is. A €2 accumulator on his all of his selections (bar the Spurs one). If they come in I'm getting over €80,000.
So therefore using in-no-way-flawed logic, if one of his bets doesn't come in (except the Spurs one) he'll have cost me €80,000.
No pressure Degs...
Didn't He Win The Community Shield?
I don't think I'm paranoid, but I do think there is a certain amount of glee with regards to the uncomfortable situation that United finds themselves in, Moyes being out of his depth etc.
BUT I'm not that fussed. Why? Because it was always going to happen! No matter who took over, they were not going to be Fergie, therefore they would be an easy target. Even someone like Jose would've got it, serial winner that he is, because he wasn't Fergie. The minute Fergie announced his retirement, the vultures began to circle, thinking that United would be there for the taking.
The only way Moyes can get people off his back is by winning something. Anything. Until he does, he has to accept that the doubts over whether he can actually do it will remain. Even if we go into the last day of the season with a shot of winning the league, the question will be whether Moyes can get us over the line etc.
That's the challenge when stepping up to manage one the biggest teams in the world - someone is always going to have an opinion. Fergie's brilliance is that he didn't give a flying proverbial what yours was, whereas I fear young David wants to be liked and feared. Pick one Dave!
Conrad Wiacek, MUFC
Credit For Moyes
I know we have to stop picking on David Moyes
So I just thought I would give Moyes some credit.
It has been David Moyes dream for 11yrs to get Everton above United...At last it looks like he has done it. He must be so proud.
Oh come on this is just too much fun.!!!!!
Bout time they had theirs isn't it? Everyone else has had plenty in the last 25yrs!
I must respond to Dazza, Dublin from this morning's mailbox. He says that United have only 2 players (Rooney and RVP) that would be in the PL top 11. OK, that's probably fair enough, but does he think we should have all 11 players that would appear in the top 11? City have 3 at best, Chelsea probably have only one or two, Arsenal one or two, Spurs likewise. How many do Liverpool have? United may only have two of the best players in their position in the league but honestly, I can't think of one LFC player (class of 2013) I'd rather have. Yes, Suarez is world class but would I swap him for Rooney or RVP? Not a chance.
His point about David Moyes is a stronger argument. However, I don't class him as a mediocre manager. He wasn't my first choice (Mourinho was by a mile) but he's who we've got and I do think he'll get it right. I'm less convinced of Edward Woodward's ability to make the grade. The blame for our transfer debacle this summer rests squarely at the feet of the Chief Executive and is unforgivable. Where Moyes has screwed up is his subsequent comments of needing 'Players who can walk straight into the first team' - he knew that before the end of the transfer window and he deserves six of the best, (trousers down) for stating the obvious but doing nothing about it when the window was open.
We may have a 'mediocre' team Dazza, it was good enough to win the league in April, not care about our last 8 games and still be 11 points better than 2nd place. What does that say for the rest? Everyone else has moved forward, I accept that completely. City, Arsenal, Chelsea and probably Spurs are better than us. However, I have confidence that with Januzaj and Zaha, we have two excellent players yet to make an impact. We will buy some players in January and if we can keep in touch with the leaders by the time the window opens, we'll still be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
Chris Wilkinson MUFC