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TEAMtalk.com Editor Simon Wilkes steps into the hosts' hot-seat and is joined by fellow journalists Jon Holmes and Tom McDermott, with the latter being a Manchester United fan basking in the glory of their thrilling derby victory.

The trio argue that Roberto Mancini got his selection wrong from the start in selecting maverick Mario Balotelli ahead of the talismanic Carlos Tevez - and feel the Italian could be heading for the Etihad exit door in January.

Holmes believe there is no need for panic in the champions' camp, though, as there is plenty of time in the season to bridge the six-point gap.

Everton's last-gasp win over Tottenham also comes under the microscope, with McDermott feeling sympathy for Andre Villas-Boas after he received flak from some Spurs fans for his second-half substitutions.

The trio then turn their attention to Liverpool's fine win at West Ham, where they left Upton Park with all three points despite playing without a recognised striker and having Jonjo Shelvey up front.

McDermott is not impressed with the current Reds line-up and asks what on earth has happened to Joe Allen's form - but Holmes and Wilkes defend Brendan Rodgers' Reds and feel a surge up the table could be on the cards.

Saturday's action is also debated, with Santi Cazorla's 'dive' at The Emirates getting Wilkes hot under the collar.

Fernando Torres' return to goal-scoring form is also analysed, with Holmes keeping a lid on things by saying it's still early days for the £50million Spain striker on his road to redemption.

Have a listen to the Podcast here, then add your comment below.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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