Arsene probably thinks Arsenal can catch Chelsea. Do you?

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Hump day? Get the f*ck out of my face with hump day. You're an embarrassment. Go and sit in the kitchen and think about how you just greeted the office.

I tell you what though, international week gives me the hump. It's an excuse for the whole world to bitch about all the boring stuff.



It's like saying we need more reality TV stars, or more X Factor episodes. I don't like to read it. I really don't.

I tell you what is an interesting thought, and I might write it up. But have Arsenal damaged their squad going all operation English? Chambers, Theo, Jack, Jenks, WELBZ, Chambo... I mean they're quite an expensive crew who haven't really delivered much past being good squad players. Is it worth it? I know we have to have them because of quotas. But are they kicking us up a level?


I love the boys, but you do feel like they're the builders in a studio of artists.

Tomas Rosicky is in the papers this morning basically asking Arsene Wenger to give him a go in the team for a bit. I can't imagine the Czech is going to sign another deal with us, all he wants to do is play soccerball with his pals, but it'd be nice if he had a terrific goodbye final 9 games. He's also at the age where you wonder if he might be worth keeping on in a coaching capacity. Arguably, he's one of the most technically gifted in the side, he's a hard worker, incredibly personable and he's played at the highest level for many years.

Plus, he ages backwards. Look at his face. Look at his improved fitness as he grows older. It's messed up.

Injury news is looking sweet. Jack, Debuchy and Arteta are all back in contention for the Liverpool game. I'm not sure any of them could be considered for a start. They'll be incredibly rusty and others are playing really well / they'll mostly have had a rest over the last week or so. I still find it quite amazing we're giving Arteta another deal. We're shifting players on that are one dimensional like Theo and Lukas, but we're keeping players who can't hack the pace anymore? Unless it's a coaching thing, it makes little sense to me. Arteta slows our game dramatically, he's incredibly injury prone and yeah, those are the only two points I have.

Arsene Wenger has said that Chelsea are too far away to catch. But anything can happen. GOOD WORDS.

I think the exciting thing about the run in is that there are no guarantees for anyone. It's the most bestest Premier League in years. David Moyes slagging it off as poor. It's a total lack of understanding about its strength... and hey, look, David, you couldn't win it. Why should a league be defined as good / bad based on whether it has one or two totally exceptional teams? It should be about whether it's a competition or not. A few weeks ago, it looked like it wasn't. Now, out of nowhere, it's become a race. Blink and something changes.

Isn't this what we've been crying out for over the years? Yes it is. Strong teams all over the place.

If we took the approach of the European countries when it came to protecting our Euro interests, it'd be even better.

One element of the league I love, is that when it doesn't succeed, it's about English people and their archaic approach to football.

Then in the next breath, we're bemoaning a lack of English input.

Guys and gals, if the league isn't up to scratch, it's not because of English input. It's the foreigners and all their sweet technical know how killing it.

Anyway, I love the Premier League. I love the power, the pace, the skill, the passion, the fight and atmosphere. Love it. Love it like Kevin Keegan loves seeing United lose. Love it like Sanchez loves kicking the ball. Love it like Lukas Podolski's social media team love ignoring the fact he's on an appalling run of form.

F*cks given? Get me on the social boys.

F*cks given? Get me on the social boys.

Right, I really have to go to work to do some stuff. I've been in bed at 10 every night since Sunday. What have I become?




Party boy Ozil needs to go... | Our sorry, sorry self interested FA trying to kill the league

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Greg Dyke talking about foreigners

Greg Dyke talking about foreigners

Welcome to Tuesday.

First up on the agenda, the horrendous news coming in from Berlin that Ozil firstly flew to Germany with a cold. I take great offense to this sort of behaviour. You know you're ill, yet you think it's acceptable to jump on a plane and spread your disease to other unassuming passengers.

Not on Ozil, not on.

SECONDLY, he went out partying with pals whilst there. Again, this is unacceptable, we should fine him, lash him 50 times and loan him out with Tony Pulis for the remainder of the season.

Or, we can just chill out and think about this for a second. We're coming into the action part of the season, Ozil has come back in from injury and played all the games. He's been given some time off for a cold, which to me sounds like a load of nonsense, you don't give grown men time off for a cold, he's been given time off for rest. Players need that. Rest isn't just about the body, it's also a major part of mental side of the game. Take some time away from your team mates, hang out with your family and friends and get away from it all.

I think it's a good move. Also, it's important to realise that partying for Ozil isn't partying like it would be for you. He's not necking 16 Jaeger Bombs, spunking £200 in a strip club and nailing a mixed meat and chips at 4 in the morning. It means he was in a club. Drinking ginger beer or something embarrassing like that.

A bit of time out of the game is what we need. Hopefully he won't be picked for Germany.

Interesting that all the English Liverpool players have picked up knocks and strains ahead of the most pointless international break of all time. These breaks are so selfish. They really, really make little sense. The whole international football thing is a waste of time. It needs ripping down and starting again. The clubs are the power brokers these days. International football is tarnished with corruption, it's self serving and it's TV viewing figures are only so because they take all the club football off the box when it happens.

As for Greg Dyke and his comments about English players. Jeez, change the fucking record. The solution to bringing more English players through isn't to choke the rest of the Premiership. We're already in a situation where clubs like Manchester City are gaming the homegrown system by purchasing substandard English players to hit their targets. The issue with English players sits at grassroots. Invest more there, give the Premier League clubs more options when they scout and we're away.

Here are the rules:

Under the proposals outlined by the FA on Monday: 

  • A player will have to have been registered with his club from the age of 15 - down from 18 - to qualify as 'home-grown'.
  • The minimum number of home-grown players in a club's first-team squad of 25 will increase from eight to 12, phased over four years from 2016.
  • At least two home-grown players must also be 'club-trained' players - defined as any player, irrespective of nationality, that has been registered for three years at their club from the age of 15.
  • Only the best non-EU foreign players will be granted permission to play in England.

Surely bring the age for homegrown down to 15 just means we have the grotesque situation where we're farming over children to make sure we hit the quotas? I mean, look, there's even more money in the game to do things like this. You can't price Premier League clubs out of gaming these rules these days. They're utterly pointless.

Also, as I've said before, why are we stopping non-EU talent from joining? We miss out on players like young Messi's when we do that. Kind of kills the quality of the league.

See, this is the thing, English clubs desperately want English players because they are premium assets. They sell for a lot and they're highly marketable. Clubs scout abroad to compete. The world is a competitive market. Let's not kill the Premier League product to make for a great World Cup every four years.

I guess another consideration, and this is a purely observational, but countries with less wealth / infrastructure than England seem to churn out fantastic players. So you have on one hand developed countries with better youth systems than us, as well as poorer countries like Brazil (I know they have a lot of wealth, but it doesn't filter to the people very well) who have been slamming out incredible players for years and years.

Why can't we crack the code?

Well, it starts by having an old school FA who seem to point the finger of blame rather than look inwardly about how they're set up. Aidy Boothroyd is in our set up. He's a long ball merchant. That's pathetic. Look at the collection of dinosaurs we have there. We need a total overhaul. The FA is in more need of modernising than the clubs. But it won't happen, and we'll always be sitting here twiddling our thumbs mulling over our failures year after year.

That said, I think we have some superb talent coming through the ranks. Arsenal have players like Dan Crowley pulling up trees with the kids. We have a core of players that we could only have dreamed of a few years ago. Chamberlain being the stand out player for me. However, you can't sniff at Theo, WELBZ and even players like Chambo who will surely come good. Then you look at Southampton, a club that have the blueprint absolutely nailed.

If more Premier League clubs took that approach, where would we be as a nation?

... but here's the thing. All Premiership clubs will move towards that model because it's how football is going! Build a world class infrastructure that doesn't rely on a manager. Produce players that can fund squad building. Become the go to place for young talent globally and reduce your outgoings.

Jeez, I've not idea what happened with that article. But it'll have to do.

I'll catch you tomorrow. Can't be seen to be blogging in my new role... yet.

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Top 4 fight looking like United and Arsenal?

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Well happy good morning to ya'll!

Lots of talking points from yesterday.

We had the great keeping crash of 2015. Three of the worlds best keepers dropped major changers in big games. Courtois duffed a back pass as Chelsea stuttered to a win against Hull, Neuer made 2 mistakes agains Monchengladbach costing Bayern three points and finally, De Gea conceded near post as United beat Liverpool in a game that makes top four slightly more challenging for the Scousers.