Massive result, but I have some big concerns… Ratings + Review

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It doesn’t seem to matter when we go up to Blackburn, the heavens open regardless and the conditions conspire against us. Yesterday was no exception as the rain poured down in the middle of August. We fielded a very strong looking team going with the usual back 4, sticking Cesc Fabregas in the middle of the park and going with Robin in the middle relegating Chamakh to the bench.

Blackburn started off as we expected them to, firing long balls into the box. Almunia came and claimed the first one with confidence, you could almost hear the sigh of relief from the away crowd. This was going to be a long day for the beleaguered Spaniard, he needed to impress.

Song was back in his favoured position sporting a new blonde hair cut, he was helping the midfield tick along with his short passing and physical presence. Not long into the game, Diaby lashed a shot at the Blackburn goal after some penalty box ping pong. Shortly after that, Theo was adjudged to be offside after he stylishly chipped the keeper from 20 yards.

The game was surprisingly open considering who we were playing, it was real end to end stuff. Blackburn’s tactics were long balls powered into the box from set plays and throw ins, but they were really focusing in on hitting our flanks and whipping dangerous balls into the box.  Something they were having frightening success with… especially down the left.

Cesc had to clear a powerful header off our line and moments later Almunia had to scramble across his goal to tip a floated header wide. A super save, very worrying that the Northerners were able to beat us to many of these balls.

Our defending was nothing short of shambolic, we were positionally naive and there was clearly no leadership at the back.

Our first chance came when Song found some space in the middle of the park, he made a short pass to Arshavin who tapped through to RvP who laid off a superb pass into the feet of Theo… who absolutely buried it into the bottom corner. He hit it so hard he literally pierced the net! A great finish reminiscent of Mark Overmars.

Our advantage was short lived. A speculative long ball was played out wide, Kozzer just needed to shepherd Diouf outwide, instead, he was muscled out the way then he didn’t have the pace to recover… the Blackburn wide man powered into the box, picked out Diouf MKII and we were level again. A very poor piece of defending and a reminder that I was right when I told you weight and experience matter when you’re a top class defender.

Robin went off with an injury. We now know it not to be serious, but it’s still a shame that we know yet again, we’re probably not going to be able to rely on his services for anymore than 30 games this season. He’s a walking crockbomb and we’ve just got to get used to it. When you throw in the news that Nik B might be out for 2010, all of a sudden, we’ve got a striking crisis at the club! Lets hope Chamakh is made of the same stuff Vermaelen is!

I was confident we’d win the game in the second half but our lack of directness worried me in the second half. For all our possession, we really didn’t seem to work Paul Robinson. We fear the shot, which seems to be something that’s crept into our game over the past few years.

Our second came when Sagna worked hard to keep the ball in play, he flew into the box , picked out Cesc who smashed his ball into a crowd of players rebounding off Theo I think. Arshavin was there to pick up the pieces and he slotted it expertly into the bottom corner. We were winning now… could we hold onto the lead?

Well, our full backs weren’t helping us, Blackburn continued to get the ball in from out wide and sloppy mistakes were creaping in. Vermaelen played Kalinic in with a poor clearance and Sagna had to put his body on the line to block a Diouf shot. Dunn was also given a chance to level the score after more shoddy defending…

Theo managed to have a second goal disallowed for a handball, we weren’t getting luck of the draw going forward. Jack Wilshere nearly scored down the other end, it wasn’t to be, the ref blew up, it was a super win for the boys in red and white!


Almunia: Under the circumstances, I’d say he did very well. He was assertive and he was a safe pair of hands today. I’m going to grade him a point higher than I normally would because of the added pressure. However, I’m not changing my opinion. People forget he’s there to play like that week in week out and we know that over the past 3 years, he hasn’t been able to do that. It’s time for a change, time for some quality, time to accept he’ll never be any more than a 2nd string keeper for us. 8

Clichy: I wasn’t impressed with our left back today. He let Blackburn in far too many times for my liking and I thought he was sloppy. It’s not going to be long before Gibbs is taking his place in the team because his performances have been weak for the best part of a year now! He wasn’t in position for the first goal, but you’ve got to expect that when you want your left back to attack. 5

Sagna: A more solid performance than Clichy and a super assist. He seems to have worked hard on his crossing in the preseason because they’re certainly a lot better than they were last year! He’s a good defender, I’d just like to see a bit more discipline in game when the tactic of the opposition is to hit wide positions. 6.5

Vermaelen: I can’t work out what the problem is here… is it that 23 year old Vermaelen isn’t experienced enough to lead the line and his performances are going to be erratic next to less experienced players, or was it just a one off? He made some poor errors today and he didn’t lead particularly well. 6

Kozzer: I felt sorry for him. It’s not his fault is it? He’s not ready for first team in the Premiership. He isn’t up to speed and he isn’t used to playing in our defence. His weakness is clearly aerial balls and strikers are going to take advantage of his slight frame. If he’s getting into this much of a mess against Blackburn, how is he expected to deal with the Drogba test? He was at fault for the first goal and he was responsible for a host of other errors. Still, why should we expect him to come in and be a world beater? He’s come in from a weak club and he’s only had one year of semi decent football. He’s got something about him… but it’ll take time to adjust and bed in. Keep them crossed Squillaci can be the answer… Kozzer isn’t at the moment. 5

Song: Well, we certainly weren’t opened up down the middle today and there was no bully boy tactics going on from Blackburns side of things. I thought he passed well and he pushed danger down the channels. Hopefully he can maintain last seasons consistency and keep his fitness up to standard. 7

Diaby: Not good enough for me. I don’t care what his passing stats were, he doesn’t do enough for me. He makes wrong decision after wrong decision and he doesn’t really add too much to our game defensively or attacking wise. He’s the type of player who if he were to make the jump, could be immense… it just seems that jump is taking an age to happen. I’d prefer 6.5 in there… sorry, I mean Rosicky! 6

Cesc: Looked pretty moody yesterday. Who wouldn’t after a coach ride to Blackburn? He’s still a cut above anyone else in the Premiership for speed of thought and ability to find space. I thought he looked uncomfortable on the pitch, whether that was fitness or not being in Spain… hopefully he’ll perk up as the season progresses. 6.5

Robin Van Persie: Created the first goal for Theo with a super pass, bar that, I can’t remember him doing too much else bar fall to the ground in a typical crumpled heap. Thankfully it’s only ten days out and he’ll miss international duty. 6.5

Theo: The man is on a mission to become the player we all hoped he would. He had fire in his belly, he has Premiership swagger about his game and his finishing has transformed. He scored a great goal and he had two disallowed. I’m hoping he can score 15 goals this season, if he does, I reckon we could be in with a shout come the end of the season. 8.5

Arshavin: I thought he had a solid game today. For one so short, he sure packs some power. He’s creative and he has that selfish streak our team sometimes lacks. He finished well this afternoon and he worked hard down his wing.  A good showing. 7

Chamakh: I’m not sure why Wenger didn’t have our aerial supremo on from the start. He would have done a better job defending corners than Diaby and he’d give us a physical presence up top. He came on, linked in well and was unlucky with a few chances. 7

Rosicky: I’ll just give him a 9 and leave it at that. I know how you sensitive souls get about player  ratings. I appreciate he was probably on the bench this week because of last weeks score! 9

Jack Wilshere: Only on for 8 minutes. 6

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  1. gambon


    Didnt say we NEED a LB, but we arent as strong as our competition and he is a glaring weakness compered to Evra & Cole.

    Lol, and to say they didnt play Messi on Clichy is embarassing, they often play him as a false 9, and if you remember he ripped us to pieces, so their plan worked.

    Id also liek to know what else hes done thats great?

    One assist in 2 years, countless appaling crosses, and one lucky doubole deflected goal.

    If Clichy is very good then Sagna must be the best FB in history cos he does much more than him at both ends of the pitch.

  2. Marko

    Disagree though Pedro as I said yesterday I thought he had a good game after the first half and sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s who cause him and TV are so alike. He made some good blocks and headers and there’s a reason that yesterday as opposed to other seasons that we weren’t under that much pressure and that was cause Kos and TV had good games. Not brilliant or mistake free but good. The rating on Diaby though he deserved more than Wilshere.

  3. ismaeel


  4. Pedro

    Marko, not sure what game you were watching but we faced plenty of pressure in the second half and Blackburn had plenty of chances during the game.

    That was not a reassuring performance by the defence and I felt far more comfortable with Gallas at the back.

  5. Marko

    Chelsea have Cole and Zhirkov (a midfielder) united have Evra and Fabio and we have Clichy and Gibbs. I really don’t see a problem there. And I never said he was faultless but he’s not shite either Gambon we don’t need a assist or goal scoring left back we just need someone who can defend and add something going forward. It’s like those people who think Sagna is shit cause he can’t cross a ball who gives a shit he can defend and thats what a full back is supposed to do.

  6. incesc

    on another day we could have easily lost 3-2.

    dunne had a good chance and samba headed over.

    we didnt play well, but its the old cliche you have to win even on off days so i was well pleased with the result.

    koz was all over the shop at times and incredibly weak on their goal, he has a lot to learn

  7. Keyser

    Post was ok, bit more negative than I thought, don’t think Pedro’s got a drining problem, but bit harsh to single out Koscielny, when our entire midfield and Sagna let Chritopher Samba saunter his way into our half and pick out a pass.

  8. Pedro

    Incesc, glad someone else saw what I did.

    Some fans want you to start talking titles after beating Blackburn and they don’t want an honest appraisal of the game. If we play like that against Chelsea, we’ll get hammered… we need to up our level and improve at the back if we want to start thinking about titles this year.

  9. Marko

    In the second half I was not as worried as I was in seasons past. I can only remember David Dunn having a chance in the second half that was even worrying gor Almunia. Now if you can remind me off a few instances then do cause I can’t for the life of me remember Almunia being worried too much all game except for the tip away where he ran into the post, the Dunn shot, the goal and Fab clearing off the line. Thats it all game.

  10. Sabeel Indian Gunner


    I think if the scoreline was 2-2,then everyone would hail ur ratings…just becos it is 2-1 and we won,everyone are bouyed and feel the players deserve 1/2 points more..forgive there excitement 😉

  11. gambon


    Stating who our, and our rivals left backs are, doesnt make ours any better.

    Gibbs is a great number 2, and will be our nuber 1. Clichy would be a good number 2, but we could do with someone that offers more at each end of the pitch.

  12. Marko

    Are you trying to say we’re a left back sort of winning the title or what? Or the only way to be better than Chelsea or United is to have better players than them in every position?

  13. gambon


    No and yes.

    You have to have better players on the whole, better tactics, better luck.

    Are you trying to say that leaving underperforming players in the team is the way to build a great team?

  14. Chris beef

    Kos had a shocker for the goal. Although seeing as he is only 8 stone it’s not suprising he was bundled off the ball so easy. To be fair apart that blatant mistake he didn’t do too bad considering it’s his first season. verm and Kos did ok together but you don’t feel secure watching them.

    Manual played well – shame he’s not consistant like that. A bit too little too late really. Hopefully we will get MS now that Fulham and Man City might agree a loan for Given.

    I think both our full backs are generally weak players but didn’t too bad. Sagna has started a bit better this season.

    Thought Theo played very well again – looked lively.

    I love Arshavin but apart from the goal i thought he was fairly quiet.

    Diaby did quite well defensively, although was very quiet in attacking. Still him and Song did quite well in the middle.

    Some great balls from Cesc as usual. He didn’t look too happy to be playing but then again i suppose on rainy day in Blackburn most people won’t look that happy.

    Can we wrap RVP on cotton wool before he goes on the pitch – it’s pathatic how easy he picks up an injury. Great ball through to Theo though.

  15. Marko

    The only way Clichy can get better though is with games can we agree on that? And we’re not talking about dropping a player that is consistently bad (then drop) or just his performances haven’t been as good as they were which might be the case with Clichy. Of course this is all opinion and while you think he should be dropped for being I dunno shite I disagree cause I remember how good he can be. Can’t have it perfect you know, united may have a better left back than us but we’ve a better right back. United may have a Chelsea may have a better left back than Inter but they’ve a better right back.

  16. gambon

    The difference is UTD and Chelsea dont have defensive issues, we do.

    If it aint broke dont fix it, well ours is broke.

  17. Marko

    How about this Gambon take yesterday for example how bad was Clichy and what did he do wrong? Apart from the goal cause you can share the blame on him, Almunia coming out of his goal, Kos being out muscled, Verm being attracted to the ball, and a couple midfielders switching off. I can’t for the life of me remember Mame Diouf getting in loads of crosses or having many chances or Salgado too.

  18. Marko

    gambon says:
    August 29, 2010 at 18:26
    The difference is UTD and Chelsea dont have defensive issues, we do.

    If it aint broke dont fix it, well ours is broke.

    So we’re a left back away from being defensively sound?

  19. gambon

    No, we’re a strong LB, a strong GK, as well as better organisation, marking & maybe extra height away from being defensively sound.

    So what are your opinions on why we concede too many goals??

    Someone, or something must be to blame?

  20. This is England

    Do reckon there is a chance that Gallas could get booed by both sets of supporters when we play the spuds.

  21. Gooby

    Do reckon there is a chance that Gallas could get booed by both sets of supporters when we play the spuds.

    hope so

  22. Marko

    I agree but the whole point of it is earlier you said you thought we need a new left back And I think whats wrong with Clichy and Gibbs we’re solid in that area perhaps more than in any other area of the field, that and AM. I feel sometimes the memory of Clichy in the 4-4 draw with Spurs a couple seasons back is th basis for the Clichy bashing. Still for the life of me can’t remember him having a shocker yesterday or being poor. Maybe we class super left backs as ones that can score whopper goals like Winterburn, Silvinho or once or twice Cole?

  23. gambon

    Kuyt roasted him, UTD last year destroyed him, Villa last year, City last year.

    He made a stupid mistake againt Blackpool, made a bad mistake yesterday.

    You dodged the question Marko, which doesnt surprise me.

    Who, or what is the reason for our awful defence these last 2 seasons?

  24. Marko

    gambon says:
    August 29, 2010 at 18:58
    Kuyt roasted him, UTD last year destroyed him, Villa last year, City last year.

    He made a stupid mistake againt Blackpool, made a bad mistake yesterday.

    You dodged the question Marko, which doesnt surprise me.

    Who, or what is the reason for our awful defence these last 2 seasons?

    I must of missed Kuyt roasting him. I was actually gonna admit that the obvious shocker he had was United and Nani. What was his mistake yesterday? The goal again was the back 5’s mistake and the midfield’s for allowing Samba to pass to Diouf. Our reason is to me a combination of injuries personel and mentality none of which can be blamed on any one indiviual. For examble last season Gallas would get injured and we’d have to stick in Silvest or Campbell. A lot as well as to do with Song being the only defensive minded midfielder too even though so far this season Wilshere and Diaby are showing signs of discipline.
    Sorry for dodging the question didn’t see one.

  25. gambon


    How do you know this?

    Or are you just making it up? You dont get arrested in order to ‘help police with their enquiries’.

  26. Marko

    IT could be bollox though like the whole Van Persie rape thing a few years back. You know how women can be sometimes.

  27. alex

    “Jack Wilshere was arrested by police in the early hours following a fracas but was released on bail later. The police have made it very clear that he is an important witness to the incident and played the role of peacemaker and is unlikely to face any charges as a result. Jack has made it very clear he will co-operate fully with the police investigation.”

  28. Pat

    Wilshere is unlikely to face charges. Large group of people were there so all of them were “arrested” and taken into questioning.

    Many do not know the definition of arrest. If a cop stops you at any point, you’re considered “arrested,” even for a speeding ticket. Its considered a “check.” Doesn’t mean you did anything wrong.

  29. zeus

    Afternoon Grovers.

    We get to see Madrid in the next 35 minutes. Lets see what Mourinho can bring to the table and who makes the team.

    Incidentally, their squad is so big, why has this cunt not sold a couple players yet?

  30. Marko

    Zeus it’s a super shame they don’t have the 25 man rule in Spain cause if they did then Madrid would have to sell a load. I hear Drenthe, M Diarra and Van Der Vaart aren’t included.

  31. SlickBangGoal

    he was just a peacemaker., and lool, wenger will let him off, he gives you three chances like nb52, he is still a kid man

  32. Queen of suburbia

    What’s the point of logging the players scores this year? With all due respect, some if them have been pretty erm…unusual.

  33. This is England

    Surely little Jack is only a minor.It’s an apprved school for you my boy said judge twitchy Redknap.

  34. zeus

    LJW, hehehehe. Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you want to be. He needs to drop some of the people around him. Hitting women, really?

    Lets hope the only headlines he makes from this point forth is the one from his exploits on the pitch.

  35. arsenal4ever

    gambon he wasnt involved in the fight or something else. He did nothing wrong. Why cant he go out until 3 in the morning if the next day is free? He is a nice lad.

  36. Marko

    I reckon not all English players are fighting, raping, cheat on your girlfriend sons of bitches. They do tend to let the money go straight to their heads.

  37. alex

    Armand Traore was involved with something similar few weeks back

    Just the young kids nowadays, apparently JET and Sanchez Watt were arrested some time back aswell

  38. gambon

    I dont think anyone knows what happened yet.

    Ill bet he was in Amika or Boujis on the lash if he was on Kensington HS.

  39. Stu

    Traore tried to bring brass nuckles in the WHL, i doubt he is stupid enough to carry a screwdriver around.

    The story about wilshere only broke because he is a premiership footballer and the media will do anything they can to highlight any wrongdoings by a prem player, especially one at a top club.

    I do agree though that he shouldnt have allowed himself to be in this situation but the same can be said for a lot of the england players.

  40. Pat

    Gambon, exactly. Suspicion. When a cop pulls you over its always for a “suspicion.” He may think you’re drunk, he checks you but you’re clean. The person being pulled was was “arrested.”

    Don’t think LJW did anything wrong according to the reports.

  41. Stu

    AC vs Lecce i think is on setanta is anyone wants to watch it. Cant get a good look at the away teams crest so i might be wrong.

  42. Pedro

    Marko, I think when you’re a pro footballer, you have to choose your friends carefully. Getting involved in stuff like that is bad for your image… and we all know that Wenger hates all that nonsense.

  43. Stu

    Yeah exactly Pedro. For all the money that players get and the importance of their careers and such i dont think its too much to ask that they not be in the news for the wrong reasons, have the right people around them and not drink during the season.

  44. Pedro

    Of course not Marko… but he could quite easily go the way of Bentley…

    I don’t know what the rules are at Arsenal, but I’m not sure being out that late during the season is appreciated.

  45. Pedro

    Stu, I don’t even know why players drink anyway…

    1) Everyone thinks you’re hilarious
    2) Everyone wants to hang out with you already
    3) You don’t need booze to pull a bird when you’re a pro footballer

    Why would you go through the bother of a hangover if you had all that?

  46. Stu

    Pato just score a cracking goal. Similar to Theos yesterday but less space and from a bit further out. Right in the bottom corner, keeper had no chance. 1-0.

  47. Queen of suburbia

    The players were allowed out last night as there is no game next weekend Pedro. They don’t live in a prison!

  48. Stu

    Yeah very true Pedro. TBH those are the only reasons i drink. And of course so i dont remember making a twat of myself but thats just a bonus and players are so full of themselves they probably feel no shame anyway.

  49. Pedro

    I saw that Ibrahimovic went to Milan… we could have done with him on loan considering our striking problems at the moment!

  50. Pedro

    Stu, I’ve heard some pretty grim stories about Jermaine Pennant and what he gets up to… no wonder he boozes, he’d need about 4 bottles of vodka to allow him to forget about what a twat he is!

  51. Stu

    I dont think Ibra would have fancied the prem tbh. He loves the slow pace of Italy.

    2-0 milan. Thiago Silva taps in after a goalline scramble from a corner.

  52. Marko

    Ibrahimovic? Nah not for me but I do think we’re a little short in the area, not majorly but maybe we can come back to it in Jan if needs be.

  53. Pedro

    Reggie, I don’t expect him to be getting nicked at 3 in the morning becuase a blokes been whacked and a woman has had her arm broken.

    You can go out and not have to deal with that. I’ve been on the booze for ten years and I’ve never been arrested!

  54. Pedro

    I tell you what, I do like that Andy Carroll of Newcastle… I didn’t realise he was only 21! He could be a player and a half if he develops.

  55. gambon


    Its not a question of being ‘allowed’ out, they are free to do whatever they want.

    However Wenger likes players that dont want to be in scuffles at 3am in London.

  56. Stu

    Im 20 and if i was offered 15k a week or whatever Wilshere is on to stay off the drink then i would only think twice about it. Fuck it, before last month i hadnt had any for about 4 months all by my own choice…but im just a weirdo like that.

    3-0, pato tap in after rounding the keeper from a Ronaldinho through ball. Milan running riot in attack and all without Ibrahimovic.

  57. Pedro

    Just had someone from ACLF invite me over to their forum to debate with them… because I don’t let them on over here.

    Then he called Gambon a tosser.

    We’ve let ACLF people over here plenty of times and it always ends up in them abusing the people over here! I can’t do anything about that can I?

    This forum is open to anyone who wants to play by the rules Sam.

  58. Stu

    Yeah Gambon, Wenger wont force the players to stay in but he would love it if they stayed out of the limelight because they wanted to. I think thats why he likes Theo so much.

  59. reggie 57

    Let’s get allthe facts first before we judge him?what is it innocent before being guilty or is it the other way round!!

  60. Marko

    I tell you whats a great blog. That Holic one. you can feel the warmth and love for Arsenal and it’s quite witty. gunnerblog aint bad too. Who else?

  61. Big Dave

    Pedro. been saying for some time that 2 English players I woild like to see in the future for us is

    Rodwell/ Carroll

  62. Pedro

    Stu, I think there are plenty enough people over here to disagree with me!

    Pat, I haven’t seen it? Were City bad? For me… the system they’re playing doesn’t suit the players they have. Mancini doesn’t radiate winner does he?

  63. Pedro

    Stu, we try to create love for the blog from an early age… so when a more heavily corporatised blog comes in for you, you’ll remember your roots and stick with us!

  64. Stu

    There must be something wrong with Seedorf. He is making all wrong decisions and just missed an open goal (basically) from about 5 yards with the keeper rooted on the line in the middle of the goal.

  65. zeus


    Goodplaya. Holics game write up is unbelievable. When you read it its like you were there.

    I couldn’t stop laughing at his write up of the orange cunt Phil brown’s visit last season.

    Your White, and you know you are
    Your white, and you know you are
    Your white, and you know your are
    Your white and you know you are
    Phil YOUR A MUG.

  66. Pedro

    Dave, I’ve seen quite a bit of Rodwell and agree there. I’ve seen Carroll menacing defenders in the Championship and I watched his hat-trick the other week. He’s good one the ball, extremely aggressive and willing to put his head on the line.

    He’s similar to Bends… but he has more aggression. I’ll watch with interest to see how he develops this year.

  67. Stu

    Well it has worked with me Pedro i cant imagine ever leaving here for another blog.

    If only that worked with football clubs too eh!

  68. Stu

    What else can you expect from an Italian manager at a club who are expecting instant success Choy. He knows if he loses too much he will get the sack so sets up to make sure he doesnt lose. haha i guess it didnt work today.

  69. Marko

    Cause this is where it seems the most chat happens. And I love to chat to Arsenal fans except Jag. He should be binned full stop.

  70. choy

    Its all about the trophies for Mourinho, he couldn’t care less about the way they play.

    He just wants to win at all costs.

  71. arsenal4ever

    lol marko. Jaguar is always negative. I am no Wenger fan but Arsenal through and through so stand behind them. MS in and sneaky bid for a holding midfielder and all should be ok. But look at RM!! This team is worth 400 mill? fukking joke what they are “playing”. Wilshere way better as Canales!!!

  72. Stu

    HA! No wonder ACLF are asking Pedro to come over to chat. They’ve only had 10 comments since 6pm. THey are yet to break 100 comments since this morning. :mrgreen:

  73. Pedro

    Jaguar just needs to stop talking about the same things. There’s nothing wrong with being negative as long as you mix it up and talk about what you like.

  74. Stu

    Its unlikely Mourinho will last more than a year at Madrid unless he wins the treble. He plays awful football and its going to need success for the Real Madrid president to keep him on.

    The got rid of Capello after winning the league because it wasnt entertaining enough even though they scored a ton and conceded a load too (if i remember right).

  75. Stu

    I dont think Jaguar likes anything. He’s never here after a win, its only when we lose. I know the same can be said for a lot that come on here but he is literally only here when things are going wrong so he can talk shit about Wenger and certain players.

  76. Pedro

    Maciek, they were fucking garbage yesterday… regardless of having a decent striker or not!

    I think they’ll be hard pushed to get anywhere near top 4 this year. Champions League will kill them in my opinion.

  77. alex

    No way will they get Fabiano, he’s 1st choice for Brazil and cost 20M+

    And he’s also cup tied for Champions League