Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...
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Didn't Fancy Her Anyway
This is going to sound controversial but you really shouldn't speak for all Arsenal fans.
I for one couldn't care less what Cesc does in his career. For me, he never has been and never will be an Arsenal legend.
Others will no doubt disagree but for me, to be considered a legend of the club you need to have played a key role in the club landing silverware and you should also love Arsenal above everyone else. Cesc fulfils neither of this criteria.
I'll never boo him but that's because he's not of any concern to me.
All this fawning over him by certain gooners has always got right on my nerves - we need to look to the here and now and the players we have so let's get support Ozil and not lament the loss of some bloke who couldn't make it in Catalonia.
Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf London
Why Oh Why Didn't Wenger Re-sign Cesc?
So...... Two assists and a MotM performance for Cesc on his second league debut.
Anyone else still puzzled by Arsene's decision not to bring Fabregas back to the Emirates?
Meanwhile we had a Santi Cazorla shaped passenger in our midfield against Palace giving the ball away with unerring accuracy.
I'm sure you get my point here.....
Conor (still haven't forgiven Wenger - probably never will), Ireland
...I'm upset and confused as to why this was so easily brushed over earlier in summer but tonight's game only emphasised the point. WHY DIDN'T ARSENAL RESIGN CESC?!???
Wilshere looks out of his depth and disinterested nowadays, Rosicky has probably a year or two (at best) left in him, and Santi has become an increasingly frustrating and inconsistent mess. Cesc is a class above all of them even at their best and now Arsene has played the title into Jose's hands by allowing them our favourite Catalonian son (even if I don't like his new hair). There's now talk of Bernard or Rabiot and frankly it just seems we are just starting to realise the gravity of our mistake.
Oli (Afc) Southampton
Cream Already At The Top
A glance at the league table after the first week gives you:
2. Man CIty
What are the odds, that the top four places are occupied by the same respective teams come the last week of the season?
Ian Rosario (During the first half I wondered if this was indeed a Jose Mourinho team. The second half confirmed it was.) LFC
Excited Chelsea Fan
It was only Burnley. It was only Burnley. It was only Burnley.
What an amazing opening (half) game for the Blues. They truly played the beautiful game. So many talking points! Oscar handing back the fabled number 11 shirt to the legend Drogba and taking the equally historically meaningful number 8 instead. Cesc on pace to have 76 assists this season in the league (if anyone can do it it's him haha). Costa showing up and grabbing a great poacher's goal to start the season. Germany World Cup wunderkind Schurrle continuing his fantastic summer form. Courtois getting the nod in goal and besides looking literally twice the height of everyone else, particularly in the air, making a great save toward the end of the match to prove his worth and Jose's decision right.
Hazard actually getting after the ball in defense and becoming the player Jose says he needs to be. And of course, the legend himself making a late substitute appearance. I don't know what that Burnley defense was thinking but my gut was full of butterflies every time Drogba got within 10 yards of the ball. Will he be what he was 3 years ago? Of course not. But everything in me (and apparently Jose) still believes he's got it. I can't wait to see his first goal. The Premier League is back baby. It's back!
Guy Adam, CFC (It was only Burnley. It was only Burnley. It was only Burnley), Kansas City
And A Satisfied Burnley Fan
Some thoughts on last night's game:
•The match was over and out in 17 minutes.
•The atmosphere was fantastic in the build-up and until the end of the first half. Even the Chelsea fans who when you see them on TV seem a bit quiet. By the end of the night they were actually singing songs for us. Much like the match in front of us, the home crowd had lost their verve.
•These aren't the games we need to win, but at least we didn't get schooled. After 34 minutes I was clock watching terrified that this was heading for 6 or more. Chelsea were sublime. They were passing quicker than my eyes could make out and I was convinced they had 13 players on the field.
•Arfield's goal was lovely - but it was like we'd stabbed a sleeping dragon in the eye.
•The second half was a bit of training exercise. Nothing really happened but it did still feel like a game of cat and mouse where the cat could devour us at any moment.
•We need to play a lot better in the future. Heaton's distribution was particularly poor. The rest of the team were misplacing too many passes as well. We just kept giving them the ball to attack with. That needs to stop.
•It was an actually baptism of fire and our boys did look nervous really. Next home game is only Utd so we should be fine really....
•1st goal was preventable (I think it was the first one) when Duff should've cleared the ball to the wings but instead headed it to the edge of the box - silly error really.
•There was evidence of a nice partnership building for Ings and our current squad's record signing, 1.5mill Jutkiewicz. A big man and little man combo with flick ons in the mould of Phillips and Quinn could get us the goals we need for survival.
•Phil Neville was saying on MOTD2 extra that Utd need 3 or 4 world class signings to go straight into the team - we need a CB, CM and a winger of some form if we're to entertain the possibility of staying up - they don't have to be world class (we couldn't get world class) but they need to be an improvement on what we've got. It's not about replacing our boys who did a fantastic job of getting us promoted, it's about adding to the group and giving options.
•My throat is glad we didn't sing in the second half. Thrilled actually.
Nick P. Burnley FC.
Jose At United
Watching Chelsea tonight I couldn't help but think what would have happened if Jose got the job at Utd. He has constantly assessed, improved, learned from his mistakes, sold who he needed to sell and buy who he needed to buy.
Obviously Van Gaal may prove incredibly successful but if Utd were heading into their second season with Jose I think Utd would be in a much healthier position. Pretty confident last season wouldn't have been so horrific with him at the helm and Certainly would have been some entertaining digs over the boards lack of movement on players.
16 conclusions, condensed in to five excellent points.
- Almost everybody in the Scousehampton V Southampton game was wearing yellow boots. It was really annoying for some reason.
- Drogba back at Chelsea - it's just so right.
- Chelsea playing with a keeper who isn't wearing a helmet - it's just so wrong.
- Man Utd losing is probably not as big a deal as it's being made out to be.
- City will win the league, if they can be bothered.
Money, Money, Money
On the rare occasion in football sometimes you see the bare facts laid out it can take your breath away for effectively than watching Tom Cruise in Top Gun. On MNF last night the net spend over the last 5 transfer windows was laid out:
PSG - 235 million
Man United - 165 million
Barcelona - 155 million
Chelsea - 137 million
Real Madrid - 126 million
Man City - 107 million
This says it all about United and Ed Woodward under our current regime, there is no strategy whatsoever. All that money spent and we have got significantly worst. I am not gonna go all Stewie Griffin on this but whatever signings are made in the next weeks, if any are, this is a shambles. Ed Woodward and his mates should definitely sack themselves.
Parmjeet Dayal (Bayern Munich you legends)
One weekend down and it seems like the predictions for the new season are solid as stone. Alex G, THFC thinks that Spurs are in with a shout, everyone thinks United are now out of it completely, the title already belongs to Chelsea while City and Arsenal will duke it out for 2nd or 3rd.
Hogwash. Go look at the first day results of any season and compare them to how it ended. The transfer window isn't even closed yet. Arsenal aren't thought to be in the scrap for 4th this season, even though they seem as dependent on the fitness of Ramsey as they were last season. Chelsea beat Burnley, world beaters they are. Spurs were playing the least imaginative football team on the planet. City have beaten Newcastle whether they were in a good season or not. Liverpool struggled against Southampton, a team that actually beat them at home last season.
You know nothing, John Snow. Winter isn't here yet.
Stanley Millworth, Portland Timbers