But it must only be used for a shot seemingly launched from a catapult with reckless abandon. We also have mails on Dimi Berbatov, Cesc Fabregas and lots more...
That's the question posed in a wide and varied Mailbox, along with several others including Lloris dropping bollocks, Stewie Griffin's return & a thank you to David Healy...
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Arsenal Are Back!
A lazy defensive error leading to a goal and the winner scored by a player who shouldn't have even been on the pitch.
Arsenal are back!
Luca James Sparks
WENGER OUT !!
Tim. Fickle Arsenal fan in Nairobi.
The Man To Blame
Due to work commitments and time zone issues I have not had a chance to actually watch my beloved Arsenal live. Today was the first time I could and well, I'm sorry.
I won't watch anymore this season I promise.
Matt (my dad blames me every time South Africa loses a rugby match too) Wright, Gunner in Aus.
Pumping The Breaks
Some Arsenal fans will panic and some rival fans will no doubt gloat while we may even see the re-emergence of Stewie Griffin.
But can we all please pump those breaks? Arsenal have made a great start to the season but that's all it is and it can all change.
And yet I do think we could have taken a point if Wenger had done just one thing.
We looked woefully short in defensive midfield with the absence of Flamini so why didn't Wenger just restore the captain to the starting line up alongside the vice-captain. Vermaelen is one of our most experienced players, is in need to game time and offers the defensive attributes none of the other options can.
That said, well played Borussia - hopefully Wenger will learn the lesson for games to come.
Graham Simons Gooner who's not panicking yet, Norf London
Reffing For Fun
I was watching the Arsenal Dortmund match this evening (decent game but not as good as I'd hoped as a neutral) on ITV and at one point they mentioned that the referee was a multimillionaire thanks to having sold a seemingly very successful business. Interesting, I thought.
Unfortunately the commentators found this concept somehow appalling and sounded like they had just found out he liked to smear himself in cat vomit and were trying to back out of a conversation with him at a party.
'So, he does this for fun then'?
'I don't know about that'
and (my personal favourite)
'I'm not sure I trust someone who referees for fun'
Is there any wonder that referees don't get respect in our game when this is the kind of idiotic view spouted by the media (not F365 of course)? Besides which, I bet Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend annoy more people every week doing their 'job' than that ref will manage in a lifetime.
Luke, Red in Sussex
On 'Whinging United Fans'
A few people have written in telling United fans to stop complaining because at least United are still in the Premier League etc. Basically saying "well loads of clubs have it far worse than you." That is very true, all United fans know that, it still doesn't mean we can't be upset/annoyed about the way things are going at the moment. You see happiness, annoyance, saddness, all those emotions are relative. United fans are annoyed because the team isn't playing as well as we know they can and nobody involved seems to know how to turn it around. We have the right to be annoyed at that.
To put it another way, every so often a fan from a club in the lower leagues will write in here and say how happy they are to be top of League Two/to have avoided relegation/signed some player. Fans of the big teams in the Premier League don't write in to say "so what? It's not like it is the Champions League/winning the Premier League/siging Messi is it? Remember way more clubs have it way better than you do so don't be so happy with yourselves!"
We are annoyed that a squad that were Premier League champions a few months ago can't seem to play together anymore. We are annoyed that players who were meant to be amongst the best in the world can't seem to string two passes together. We are annoyed that the manager who was the Chosen One seems to be relying more on reputations than on form. In short we feel we have enough reasons to be annoyed, let us be annoyed.
Jerry (want to see the best goal scored over the weekend? Here it is) MUFC
It's Been Tried
Re. Rob, Brum. Rooney has been tried in midfield, many, many times, it doesn't work, at least not as well as it looks on paper. As a forward he's world class, to use him as a midfielder is just a waste, he'd be better sold than wasted in midfield. He's not awful in midfield, he can do a job there, but do we really want a £200k/week utility player? A better idea would be to strengthen the midfield properly so that we don't need a five man midfield to compete against the top sides, and appoint a manager fit for the job rather than a well meaning amateur, that would be better for everyone.
Treat Fergie As He Treated His Players
Alex Ferguson has always known when the time was right to move a player on. When he decided Mark Hughes, Paul Ince and Andre Kanchelskis were no longer key components of his team, they were sold. When he felt he had gleaned as much as he could from the careers of Jaap Stam, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and David Beckham, they were shown the door.
He has always acted with the interests of Man Utd to the fore. In his mind, this meant he had to have total authority for the team to achieve its maximum. When Roy Keane criticised his fellow players, Ferguson chose to protect the group, to stamp his authority for the benefit of the team and club.
Now, however, Ferguson's reign is over. It's time to treat him as he treated his players. He is no longer of any use to the Manchester United team. He is a burden. It's time for Manchester United to move him on and for David Moyes to stop managing with deference.
Joe, Naas (Man United fan).
'A Bitter Old Man'
It's been nearly a week since Penguin released the autobiography of a man inextricably linked to the city of Manchester and, like double-decker buses, another one has now appeared on bookshop shelves everywhere. Although, if we are to judge by early reports, this second 'life and times' appears to be not quite as deserving of the Penguin Classics stature afforded to Morrissey's Mancunian moanings. From what I gather, Ferguson's remembrances play out as everyone pretty much expected with a few particularly interesting events glossed over (e.g.; the lovely horse, why/if Mourinho was passed over for the United job and the general perception that he held undue sway over the FA/referees and enjoyed a cosier relationship than most etc.)
Most of the 'revelations' are old news but in amongst all the score-settling (see: R. Keane and Mr. R. Benitez) there is a glimpse into the depth of Fergie's obsession with one-upping Manchester City, regaining the league title and going out on a high.
This leads me to the point of this email (I know, get on with it!). It seems fashionable at the moment for United fans, pundits and football watchers everywhere to blame David Moyes, the players (Messers. Giggs and Evra etc) and, even the fixture list, for Manchester United's current woes when it is pretty clear that the real culprit is the man hawking his new book around. No, not Morrissey. Ferguson.
All of United's current problems stem from him. Ferguson's 'win at all costs' mentality has not set United up for the future. It has served him, rewarded his ego and cemented his virtually peerless reputation ... but at the expense of the club's long term future. His approach was always short term. He bought van Persie (injury plagued and aging) as a stop gap measure. Why? Because his pride was wounded and he wanted to wrestle the title back from United's noisy neighbours and yes, it worked, temporarily, but at what cost? Ferguson also never resolved the 'Rooney problem'. Instead he gave into his (then) star striker's demands because he knew that he had to. Then he punished Rooney for holding them to ransom. Unfortunately for United fans Rooney has once again got them over a barrel and Moyes seems more than happy to indulge his every whim. Ferguson left Moyes that problem. In fact, he left Moyes with quite a few problems. Chief amongst which is a squad which isn't as strong as those of its main rivals (see: one aging midfielder long overdue a trip to the Pritt-Stick factory). Yes, yes, we know they won the league last year at a canter but it was an aberration. Chelsea spent nearly half a season trying to settle on a new manager (Rafa Out! Wait, Rafa In!), Mancini was losing the plot (and half the squad's trust) over at the Etihad and Wenger was still doing his best Ebeneezer Scrooge impression. United will never be given that kind of leeway again. They won the league because they had a modicum of stability and because nobody else wanted it badly enough. While they were doing it, Ferguson wasn't planning for what would happen after his retirement as all conscientious manager's do. He was planning how he could stick two fingers up at the world before he jumped ship. That's why he was so devastated when Jose bettered him in the Champions League. Because it denied a bitter old man a chance to add to his reputation. Not the club's. Or the players'. His.
Compare that with Wenger who clearly wants to ensure the stability of Arsenal football club long after his tenure has finished. Arsene knows that for a club to be truly successful you have to instill a philosophy that lives on after you've gone. United fans will argue that their philosophy was 'winning' but, without Ferguson in charge, this looks like a hollow claim. It's not in their team's DNA. It's in Ferguson's.
We're now seeing what the true level of the current United squad is, devoid of the 'air of invincibility' that used to surround them when Ferguson propped them up by force of personality alone. Look at how Mourinho's Chelsea continued to show all of the traits he instilled in them long after he'd gone, whereas Ferguson's United side are already showing signs of crumbling without him at the helm. That isn't the sign of a good manager. It's the sign of a selfish one.
I'm confused at what the "controversies" in Fergie's book are.
Essentially all he's said is:
1) Roy Keane is a bit angry.
2) David Beckham became a bit of a prima dona and superstar when he met a Spice Girl.
3) Wayne Rooney can be a bit lazy and goes all rubbish when this happens
And 4) best manager in the Premier League was offered the England job.
Aren't these all things that everyone new anyway?? Where's the news story?
Bearing in mind that Oscar has surpassed already his goal total in the league this year, and added another assist last night, while against Cardiff we looked poor until mata came off for Oscar, is it not time for all the Jamie-Redknapp Mourinho doubters to admit he still knows what he's doing?
Oscar yesterday demonstrated exactly why Mourinho keeps playing him: disciplined, quick to break, controlled the tempo and sat deep when we needed. Now, if Mata can maybe adapt his game to stop cutting inside, and stick to the wings like schurrle, maybe we can reunite the Three Amigos
Ben, CFC, London
In response to Selhurst Park - Golazo Magnet
Selhurst Park was also the location for THAT Dalian Atkinson goal, as well as THAT Tony Yeboah goal.
Not one goal for the sh1tty team who owns that sh1try ground
Rory (Palace fan embracing relegation)
PS. Tony Pulis anyone???
Pedantry From An American
Dear Friends Across the Pond,
How come ya'll still haven't figured out the difference between "bought" and "brought"? The English language and football; two things that you invented and have subsequently become worse at than everyone else. Allow me to enlighten: "The Glazers BOUGHT Manchester United and David Moyes has BROUGHT them to the brink of irrelevancy."
Dan (intentionally obnoxious "ya'll"), USA
Can someone enlighten me as to why Schalke were wearing their third kit last night, for a home match?
Thanks in advance,