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5 talking points from the Premier League weekend

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In Arsene we trust??

The security alert from rebellious Gunner faithful has now been upgraded from ‘Frustrated Tutting’ to ‘Disgruntled Rumblings’. The sighs of the Gunner faithful are turning to outcries after another disappointing display from the men in Red and White.  “In Arsene we trust” chants were heard from the home support even after defeats  to confront the many who criticize him for no silverware for more than seven years, but it was hard for even them to sing the chant out loud. It was in fact the away end that were entitled to the lines, as Swansea’s late flurry left the hosts flabbergasted.

The world has moved from monochromatic screens to brilliant touch displays in our handsets, but the Arsenal team still hasn’t evolved. The problem may be that the only thing constant during the whole period has been a man that can’t get on the field. Only time will tell how many reboots this side is going to take to become a fully functional winning machine again.

My musical tribute to the Gunner faithfuls:

I don’t have the heart to hurt you
It’s the last I want to do
But I don’t have the heart to love you
Not the way you want me to

- James Ingram Lyrics, ” I Don’t Have The Heart “

Rafa may turn out to be the shortest interim manager in Chelsea’s history

The distance Rafa Benitez traverses as the Chelsea interim coach may well end up being equidistant to the life of a winged male ant. If the pressure coming into the job to replace a Blues’ cult hero in Di Matteo wasn’t enough, the Spaniard has been able to pull the bunny out of the hat now, it seems. Chelsea are still without a win under the “bearded one” and their gutless second half performance against the Hammers has left the Chelsea fans calling for his head.

It surely will be interesting to keep tabs on the future of Rafa at Stamford Bridge.


Tottenham are on a roll

Three games, three wins. AVB is keeping it simple at the “Lane”. Its easier to keep it simple when you have a rejuvenated English striker pumping in goals for fun and a Welsh wizard not named Giggs taking his wrath for some poor early-season form on any hapless right-back he can find.

Dembele’s presence at the middle of the park alongside Sandro, who himself is having an outstanding season, has really helped the North Londoners put together this run of form. Now that Bale has picked up another niggling injury in that niggling muscle called the hamstring, AVB’s tactical prudence has to come to the fore if the lily-whites are to make a serious charge for a Champions League place.

Manchester United’s defense looks to be in shambles, HENCE PROVED

If you were fortunate enough to switch on your TV sets for the late kick-off on Saturday night, you would have come across a game where two team decided to play “no-defence ball” for 45 minutes. You could have replaced the players that were called defenders on the pitch for headless chickens and there wouldn’t have been any marked difference.

The souls of Manchester United‘s defence of years past were giving each other serious face palms after the display the Reds put up at the Madejski. The team is missing the presence of “le Nemanja”, as Jonny Evans, as one of my friend said, was putting on a show to “make David Luiz look like Fabio Cannavaro”. What needs to be done? That’s what Sir Alex is paid to worry about.

Till then, the souls of strikers present in the Premier League can have daydreams of going up against the current United back line.

The tale of Trichology

For those who haven’t yet Googled the word, here it is:

Trichology (from Greek ????, gen.: ??????, “hair”) is the branch of medicine that deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp.

These two fine men bearing two different but impressive manes have been setting the Premier League alight with their goal-scoring theatrics from the midfield. They are at two different stages of their current club contracts, but have been the vital ingredient that makes their sides a treat to watch.

The Spanish unicorn with the “silky smooth” named Michu, took Arsenal to the sword to increase his tally to 10 for the season. The ex-Vallecano lad is the coup of the season, with the Swans having paid a mere 2.5 million pounds for his services. On the other end of the contract situation is the “hair above all”, afro-sporting Belgian dynamo Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian is making David Moyes look stupid, as he surpassed his tally of goals for the past three seasons combined with his seventh of the current term, playing in a much more advanced role than Moyes had ever afforded him in years past. A certain Tim Cahill, who used to play that role, is now a distant memory in the minds of Everton fans.

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