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3 weeks ago, this was the arsenal fan's answer to pretty much everything.
How can we solve World hunger?
Who can stop Assad?
Messier than Messi?
More Rolls than Reus?
Hrishi ( Umlauts are overrated )
FYI Andrew Worby.
Regarding footballers not being role models.
I don't care whether they are or they're not but don't take money off sponsors if you don't want to be a role model.
Also you can't really compare Adams with Wilshere as Arsenal had a very different culture when Tony had his battle with the bottle. Wilshere has grown up at Arsene's Arsenal and should remember he's at the Arsenal of the 21st century - he's not Charles "Charlie" Charles - one of the famous Charles brothers.
Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf London
Why United Should Be Worried
A lot of fans are saying that United have no need to fear as they are only six points off the leaders and have yet to start playing, to which my response is nobody (bar maybe Arsenal) in the league has.
City and Chelsea are adjusting to new players and managers, Spurs more or less have a new team, Arsenal haven't had their full squad to call upon as of yet, and Liverpool have had injuries and suspensions to deal with since the league began.
United by comparison are reigning champions with a squad that are extremely familiar with each other, and brought in a manger and player well used to the premier league. Yes I'm aware that Jose managed in England before but the league has changed a great deal since 2007.
Nobody is playing at their maximum at the minute, and while United will undoubtedly improve under Moyes; how could they not with some of the players they have in the squad, it's not outside the realms of possibility that so will all the others vying for the title/the top four spots.
Couple this with improved teams such as Everton (arguably) and Southampton among others; I don't think United will be able to afford the slow start/blistering after Christmas form that used to cut it in days gone by.
I just jokingly chose oor 'Arry on the "who would you prefer as England manager" poll on the front page, just to see what the figures were.
I must say I am surprised in the F365 readership. After years of ripping into Harry for basically being an arse, I would have thought that most people on here would agree that:
a) Generally England are actually doing pretty well under Roy; and
b) 'Arry is a mouthpiece who talks the talk while underachieving and blaming everyone else.
But no, 52% of you think that 'Arry is the man for the job.
England, My England
No no no no no. England cannot play 3-5-2 and a dog cannot pull a plough. Real life =/= FIFA 14. I'm 41 years old and I can confidently tell young Ziggy what England are about.
2-1 down and Jamie Carragher hitting it long for Peter Crouch. Forever.
England is a place where crowds applaud the winning of throw-ins and roar approval at sliding tackles and where men in the park passing the ball to each other stand thirty yards apart. An island kingdom of 'Get Rid!', 'Away!' and 'In the Mixer!' It is emphatically not a place where 3-5-2 can work. You cannot cut a straight beam from the crooked timber of English football.
Sack Hodgson. Keep Beck. Bring in Allardyce. 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 or 4-6-0 (worked at the Lane on Sunday, no?) Long throws, corners, free kicks. Pray for the health of Andy Carroll. Put a statue of Charles Reep outside Wembley.
You want a team, Ziggy? I'll give you a team: Hart-Smalling Terry Cahill Barry - Jarvis Lampard Gerrard Baines -Nolan (c) - Lambert. Get it wide and get it in there.
Yearn for your 1.70m-tall ball-playing centre back and your wing backs and your diminutive play-maker all you like. It's still going to end with a man in a tracksuit shouting 'Send it long, Carlton!' Let's at least plan for that, because Spain and Brazil sure as hell won't have.
James Syme, London
Sensible Baggies Stuff
Rory Mc (a realistic palace fan)
I too saw the comments from Richard (good result Baggies), Cambridge and winced as I read it.
As a season ticket holder at the Hawthorns I did have a few points to make myself but I was far too busy on my Monday morning. Nonetheless Richard's mail has made me write in as follows:
- Yacob and Mulumbu are far from the best centre-mid partnership in the league (to state the obvious). When they play together against teams like Arsenal who like to play the ball about they are good at what they do, hassling the opposition at all time, breaking up play and not letting them get into their stride, which they did really well on Sunday. However, in games where we can take the front foot and really go for it, Yacob should be dropped for Morrison as him and Mulumbu are much better with the ball at their feet.
- Anelka is clearly far past his prime but he still offers a lot to the team. He doesn't have great pace anymore but he keeps everything ticking over up front as he still has the technique and brains. Every run he makes is the right one, always keeping the defenders thinking and his headers, flick-ons, touches and hold up play are all brilliant when he has 3 attacking midfielders running past him.
- The midfield: Richard, this is where you really upset me. I mean, I was just caught staring at my screen by my boss, mouth slightly open like I'd just seen a picture of Danny Graham actually hitting a shot on target. You say that you're "excited to see how Clarke is going to set up our attacking system when the likes of Brunt, Morrison and Dorrans are fit once again and ready to start consistently." Can I ask why this is? Who would they replace in our team? Sessegnon has been brilliant since he signed in creating chances and Amalfitano is the best player in our side by a country mile every week. With Morrison, Sinclair, Vydra and Berahino all capable of also playing in that attacking 3, the sight of Brunt or Dorrans even on the bench will make me want to get into the passenger seat of a Sessegnon's car after a long night out without my seatbelt on.
- I'd like to see Berahino given a chance as our striker. Kept finding space to run into all game but just wasn't found as he was pushed out wide.
- Arsenal played some brilliant football once Rosicky was bought on. Wilshere was having an absolute mare, so it was inevitable when he scored.
All in all it was a really good game, probably a good one for the neutral and both sets of fans were really up for it all afternoon. Comes to something when "little old Baggies" as I'm sure we're still seen were disappointed not to come away with a win against a team that have won their last 10 games.
Joe Bingham WBAFC (Positive but realistic Baggies fan)
On Credit And Alardici
Firstly, can I just defend my mail about Alardici yesterday as Chris ITFC, Liverpool fairly pointed out he does deserve some credit for executing a game plan. The MC decided to title my mail no credit for Alardyce when in actual fact I was more just pissed off with Match of The Day and various other media sources with their talk about a false 9 and barcelona. When clearly West Ham are anything but Barcelona, nor Alardyce a genius.
I also wanted to clear up some of the Januzaj for England talk as it seems very few people are aware of the Home Nations Agreement. England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland have a seperate agreement which prevents naturalised players playing for us. This is there to ensure the sustainability of the home nations football teams as we are a strange case of one nation state with 4 national teams. By FIFA's rules anyone from the UK could play for any home nations team.
Basically you can only play for England if you have a) been born here b) have ancestery or c) naturalised but only if you have been in education for 5 years in the specific home nations country before the age of 18.
This rules out Januzaj playing for England, it ruled out arteta playing for England, it also ruled out Angel Rangel from playing for Wales. It is more of a gentlemans agreement but it is extremely unlikely that we would break the pact.
Simon (Apparently Sven tried to call up Steed Malbranque & Louis Saha before he was told about the rule) London
FIFA regulations clearly state that three goalkeepers must be named as part of a 23 man World Cup squad. Ziggy, I admire your (metaphorical) balls by trying to win us the world cup with one less player than the rest of the teams, but you're not going to get this one past Sepp.
Big Issues: Nets
I understand this a little bit of a change from the usual mails but am I the only one to think that the way the nets are at a ground used to add to your experience of your team scoring a goal? Every ground seemed to have their own style of net that added to your experience of a goal being scored there. I used to love the one in Anfield which was used in the mid 90's in which the nets were so big that it almost added to the quality of the goal. I thought they added character to the different grounds. Unfortunately more of them seem to be of a similar kind now bar the ones that are used now in Anfield and Goodison which are see through and don't really ripple when scored in. Does anyone else miss or remember different nets that used to be in place but seem to have been replaced by the standard one used in most grounds now?
Peter(Don't think Arsenal ever scored in that net in the mid-90's in Anfield), AFC
Swino, We Hardly Knew Ye
Thank you for bringing the heart warming story of Swino the pig to my attention. It made my day!
Mike, League 2, BRFC
Has Chris MUFC Stolen Semen From A Used Prophylactic?
Is Chris MUFC the mailbox's equivalent of Liz Jones?
As someone rightly pointed out in this morning's mailbox that Welbeck, Anderson, Nani and Kagawa can only be shortened to Wanak if one is being pedantic... I would like to add that in Arabic, Wanak means 'Where are you?' and that is also an accurate representation of the aforementioned's performances over the past few games/seasons etc.
That is all.
Maddy ()()() Now in Swansea, MUFC
More Fun With Letters
Pedantry aside, if you add Evra, Rooney and Smalling to the list of Wellbeck, Anderson, Nani and Kagawa , what you get is a team of.........
Amo (Footballers should be role models for football only right?!!!) Singh, LFC