I just want to remind all those Gunners fans that they should not complain about an offside goal since they scored a handball goal against Burnley, remember?? So Chrisford Davis, to answer your question, that’s one even decision for you. Football is a game of two halves and whatever good done in the first 45 can be quickly forgotten if you fail to turn up in the next. Ask Stoke City too. Off the blocks at the Ethiad, how they collapsed even the hot Chilean pepper could not fathom.
As Washington Salone texted me afterwards, “den beat den ass”, they were battered like Judas and even $terling looked like a skinny version of Messi. It has been an unhappy trip to the North-West for Le Prof and his Bandidos but I don’t buy the talk they are out of the running. They will bounce back but the hectic Christmas fixtures means they have no time to moan, otherwise they will get stuffed like a Christmas pudding. Meanwhile, their North-London neighbours overpowered Sean Dykes’ Burnley at the Lane to restore their 3 points lead over the Red Devils.
That didn’t go without another controversy with tabloids all reporting that the man who set up the winner, should have been sent off. Life is never fair otherwise why should Rudolph be a cast away all because he had shinny nose? You see, even discrimination is prevalent amongst animals. After two unlucky away results Spurs deserves a break (they are my soft spot team, remember?) Three back to back wins on the bounce and the red devils are smiling again but the frustrating thing is they’re still stuck at 6 Flags. However, they have managed to claw some points off the front pack and the can see some light at the bend of the tunnel...not the end.
Because Chelsea is so far away even second placed City needs contact lens to see them. For ManU, they seem better away from home than at home but these wins have done nothing to change JM’s disposition from the dugout. Chelsea have equalled their best tally and the next two set of fixtures does little to suggest that run would end. But hey, never forget this is the EPL where anyone can beat anyone so 3 points is never guaranteed until the final whistle. We say this again that grinding out results when not playing well represents the hallmark of champions and their latest in the series of 1 – 0 wins in as many games backs the argument. Nonetheless, a big test awaits Conte and his boys without their suspended talisman and leading top scorer Costa. The end of that run may not be too far away and for the good of the league and for football, that is my only xmas wish this year.
One more fixtures to complete the 17 game rounds and it’s the oldest derby in world football – The Merseyside derby. This is JK’s first trip to Goodison Park against Ronald Koeman’s first taste of the derby. This adds spice to a fixture that has seen the most red cards in English top flight football. But that’s not all; the ref who has shown the most red cards in this division is at the helm in Mike Dean from Wirral – yes you read correctly, Heswall, Wirral. All things Merseyside indeed. So whilst we await that MNF under the floodlights, we remind you that pride has been restored in North-London....All factory settings restored....Arsenal are back to 4th