Somebody mentions Paul Scholes and everybody writes in with those quotes from Zidane etc. Dull dull dull. We've ignored them. There's plenty more to enjoy here...
It does seem logical that the best thing to do with the best players is to play them from the start, when they have the most time to make an impact, rather than the last 15 minutes...
The number of mailboxes in this Christmas period depends on you and you alone, so get writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Arsenal Need More Than Glorified Shane Long
What to say about Olivier Giroud? If Arsenal had a quality striker playing in his stead there seems little doubt that we'd be clear by some points at the top of the table today.
He's a trier, works hard and is happy to chase the ball; his dispossessing of Boruc a perfect display of his doggedness. Unfortunately though a club challenging for the league and in Europe needs more than a glorified Shane Long. There have been flashes of class, such as his goal against Sp*rs and his work in the build-up for Wilshere's goal of the season, but they've been few and far between.
Every time I watch him play he reminds me more and more of A-League superstar Emile Heskey, and that is a not a good thing. His finishing is woeful, his favourite thing to do in the box is fall over and I get that same uncomfortable feeling watching him chase after the ball as I used to watching The Office.
In one way, he reminds me quite a bit of Eboue post-UCL final. Despite his limited abilities, he's clearly a nice guy and wants to win. This was perfectly illustrated last night by Olivier's fury at Ramsey falling for the cheat Ramires' ludicrous bit of play-acting - oh look! He's suddenly fine again!
If we are to win silverware this season, it hinges entirely on bringing in a new striker in January. That or hand Walcott or Poldi some chances in the position and hope they can replicate their goalscoring form of last season.
Greg Benham, AFC
And A New Coat
Why is Wenger still having zipper problems? This and the striker issue should be resolved in January. New striker, new coats.
Joshua, South Africa
Arsenal v Chelsea Thoughts
* Chelsea's problems with strikers not scoring (a lot debated including myself) to me now looks like a symptom rather than the core problem.
* The problem is lack of mature decision-making on the pitch during key moments. We genuinely had 3-4 good half-chances in counter-attacking positions and the decision-making of our wingers (Willian, I look at thee) was poor.
* Please do not blame Fernando Torres this season for lack of goals. Interest on the pitch, work rate, sharpness, runs, everything tick, service to him - no tick.
* Our AMs and Wide players do not cross the ball, do not play through balls, do not play cut-backs. How the hell is a striker supposed to score? Where is the system Jose (now I bring the argument I had earlier about our strikers not scoring)?
* Having said all of this, I was disappointed with the draw because Arsenal were there for the taking and we created more than them with less of the ball. We were strong and Jose aptly put we were not aggressive in key moments (refer point two).
* Mike Dean did not commit a mistake last night he would regret. But his refereeing was erratic.
* Walcott was already going down in a comical fashion before Willian fell down. So to me, no penalty.
* But other than that, what exactly did he even do? Azpilicueta had him in his pocket full game.
* A point of satisfaction for both clubs for varying reasons. After our horror defending recently, we needed a shut-out. Arsenal cannot afford a third straight loss. All square.
* I repeat what I wrote after our game at OT, the onus was on the home team to take the game to us. And that we still had better shots on target and the best chance in the game sums it all (so please don't give me the boring Chelsea argument).
Aravind, CFC, (now, a City-Pool draw please?), Chennai
...1, Mourinho is a better manager than Wenger.
2, When fear of defeat outweighs the desire to win, one becomes lost in mediocrity.
3, Being a 'physical' side should never be taken into consideration when bad challenges are made. Bad is bad and needs to be punished.
4, Did Wenger seriously think that neither Cazorla nor Podolski might have made a difference in the latter stages?
5, Similarly Mata?
6, Nice diving actions by the bloke on the Arsenal bench behind Mourinho's fake incensed posturing.
7, The Arsenal grounds team are brilliant.
8, Football fans are mad going out on a night like this.
9, Arsenal are like Apollo Creed in Rocky III.
10, Liverpool top of the table? Really? What the f*** does that say about the rest of the league when a one-man band can be top at Christmas?
11, Arsenal fifth in May.
It's No Fun, Jose
Fair play that Mourinho has this grand idea about how to get some points off the teams around him, particularly away from home, but does anyone enjoy these awful football games much? I have loved the blood and thunder in the games between the top teams in recent years and it's no mistake it has only happened in the post-Mourinho era. His post-match interviews are simply not good enough to make up for the dull brand of football he serves up.
Given how creative Chelsea looked last season under Benitez it's really illustrative of how limited Mourinho is becoming as a manager. Failure in Madrid to impress the press or deliver la decima (or even come close) and now watching a team full of very capable players fail to even entertain.
How could anyone want this team to win the league? He forces those around him to approach games so negatively. I respect his record of success but he's no lover of football for me, if he was he wouldn't be happy to serve up such dross week in, week out.
Tears Before Xmas...
I keep telling myself 'at least it's not Hoddle'. It's not helping.
Aidan, THFC, Finchley
Laughing At Tottenham
And there was me thinking I needed a Christmas cracker for the ridiculous jokes. Thanks Spurs, you've saved me some pennies this year!
Phil Pearce (Merry Christmas one and all), London
After nearly four decades, I have finally understood what Christmas is all about. It's not about asking for gifts that will make only me happy. It is abut asking for things that will bring joy to millions of people. It is about asking for things that will end the suffering, the anguish, the pain of millions.
So I won't be asking for a new car or new X-box or a new toy this time round. For this year, Santa, all I want for Christmas is for you to use your magic wand or whatever that you use to convince the officials to declare that the EPL will end today.
Please, please, please make it happen. But it has to be today! If you can't rush it, tomorrow is still fine. But it has to be done before 26th! We'll probably be in fourth place by then, so it has to happen on Christmas Day latest!!! If you do that, I promise I will never, ever ask for anything else ever. Ever!! I know it'll also make millions of people unhappy and angry, but I don't care about them. We can't please everyone.
So Santa, please, please, please make it happen and I promise to behave and be on your good boy list forever.
Brian (How did my letter to Santa end up in F365 mailbox?), Malaysia
It All Ends Soon
Any Liverpool fans w**king themselves over the Premier League table this Christmas better take a quick look at the fixture list. By New Years they could be out of the top four all together. We know about the two away games in a row to Chelsea and city, but look at everyone else's games. Maximum points for all this season for the rest of the top six. Christ even Spurs could leapfrog us.
So be quiet please.
...A mailbox full of Liverpool fans getting overexcited, as usual. I appreciate United are in shambles this season, I'm not trying to deny it, but I can still see that Liverpool don't yet have what it takes to go the distance. Why can't you not enjoy how things are going and take any improvement from last season as a positive? The way you're talking it sounds to me like you'll be gutted when the inevitable happens, when you really shouldn't be. Exactly 15 years ago Aston Villa were top of the league, remember that famous Aston Villa team that went on to finish...sixth. Calm down and just enjoy the progress you're making rather than setting unrealistic expectations for yourselves.
Do City Fans Feel Guilt?
I can't help but notice that you don't see a lot of chest-thumping from Manchester City fans in the Mailbox, even after they annihilate someone. It makes me curious.
I hope asking this doesn't make me an a-hole; I live in America, and I don't really have my finger on the pulse of the er, Mancunian experience. (geist?) But I really must know: do City fans feel any dismay - or even guilt - for the means of their success?
I don't intend any judgment of the endless-money approach to football. Sheikh Mansour didn't create that, he just bought into the club. If I were a City fan, I'm sure I would revel in it.
And goodness knows I don't begrudge them. My club has only recently found its feet, and I don't expect us to be winning the Premiership any time soon, so carry on. Anyway, I'm fond of City, despite the beatings, because I'll never forgive Man United for beating my club to two league titles. The enemy of my enemy, you know? Nor do I mean to suggest that City's success is unearned. The product on the field has been Mike Tyson-esque - overpowering, if a bit erratic.
But is it all somehow not quite what it should be? Does it feel as though it's not the same club somehow? Or as if it's somebody else's success? I think that's how I'd feel. Although I have to admit that relegation under Mike Ashley did NOT feel like the failure of another club.
Chris (unless my name should be withheld), Toon Army Outer Banks
Loving United And, Erm, Steven Gerrard
Having read all the mails by the Liverpool fans in yesterday's mailbox in which they poke some 'innocent' fun at united, I would just like to say that I am not a typical united fan who sings GGMU all day long.
I would like to point out that I have the utmost respect and love for our red rivals. They have always been my second team. I want them to succeed just as much as I want United to succeed. I think that YNWA being sung before every match is the most hauntingly romantic practice ever. It makes me wish old Trafford would sing it as well.
I know that United won't win the title this season and I hope we finish fourth at least. But if I had to choose a team which I would want to win this year, it has to Liverpool. They have a long drought since they last won it, the club went to hell and back with the financial problems and are playing the most attractive football this season.
But the main reason I hope they win it is so that I can see my hero Stevie G win a PL medal at last and lift that beautiful trophy. I know what you all must be thinking: United fan whose hero is Gerrard - he must be crazy. If that makes me crazy, I don't give a rat's a*se. I love him and will be inconsolable when he retires. And I hope to God that he wins the league at least once.
I wanted to ask if there are any more people like me whose favourite player belongs to a rival team?
Lorenzo (All I want for Christmas is for this to get published) Royle, MUFC and Steven Gerrard fanboy