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  • FWB 2 Jan 2014 22:03:12 52,260 posts
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    Cos there's is a difference, but there isn't a difference.
  • captbirdseye 2 Jan 2014 22:03:43 7,704 posts
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    @Youthist Not sure but far worse teams have come up and survived comfortably. Like I said, my opinion of the league has probably been tainted by all our off field problems and I just want the season over and done with already.

    Edited by captbirdseye at 22:04:12 02-01-2014
  • PazJohnMitch 2 Jan 2014 22:32:55 11,561 posts
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    Despite Ole's United connections his name would make him an ideal person to take over Arsenal after Arsene leaves.
  • Punctum 2 Jan 2014 22:34:14 1,251 posts
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    At the beginning of the season I was quite excited at the prospect of an open and competitive top 6, but in reality it's been quite dull.

    With the exception of City's cavalier approach, the rest of the football is quite dreary and predictable, with possession driven play being the accepted 'good football' approach. To be fair, Everton mix it up a bit too, but the rest of the league are too scared to lose the ball or too focused on playing to percentages.
  • faux-C 2 Jan 2014 22:39:45 11,183 posts
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    Punctum wrote:
    At the beginning of the season I was quite excited at the prospect of an open and competitive top 6, but in reality it's been quite dull.

    With the exception of City's cavalier approach, the rest of the football is quite dreary and predictable, with possession driven play being the accepted 'good football' approach. To be fair, Everton mix it up a bit too, but the rest of the league are too scared to lose the ball or too focused on playing to percentages.
    Umm I know I'm biased, but have you seen Liverpool this year?
  • Youthist 2 Jan 2014 22:45:55 11,787 posts
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    Not just Liverpool. Many teams have turned it on and there have been so many high scoring weekends. If anything the defending has been poor allowing so many exciting games. He is wrong basically.
  • Punctum 2 Jan 2014 22:57:38 1,251 posts
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    A high scoring game doesn't necessarily mean it's a good game.

    Yes, Liverpool have been impressive and Rodgers has done an excellent job so far. And with Suarez in the side, they're entertaining. It's the general approach and style of play in the league as a whole that I find boring. Possession for the sake of possession is, for me, really dull.

    But hey, I'm a Utd fan so maybe my perspective is somewhat skewed this season!
  • captbirdseye 3 Jan 2014 00:19:17 7,704 posts
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    Ouch! I See Kozak has broken his leg in training. Villa never seem to have any luck.
  • TheSaint 3 Jan 2014 09:13:18 16,676 posts
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    Apparently we've made a formal complaint against Clattenburg for verbally abusing Adam Lallana.

    It would be nice if this resulted in us not having to have him ref us for six years.
  • Deleted user 3 January 2014 09:19:57
    Considering refs are called cunts constantly by every player on the pitch in every game I've ever seen, that seems a little churlish.
  • THFourteen 3 Jan 2014 09:23:58 41,097 posts
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    Punctum wrote:
    At the beginning of the season I was quite excited at the prospect of an open and competitive top 6, but in reality it's been quite dull.

    With the exception of City's cavalier approach, the rest of the football is quite dreary and predictable, with possession driven play being the accepted 'good football' approach. To be fair, Everton mix it up a bit too, but the rest of the league are too scared to lose the ball or too focused on playing to percentages.
    Come on, we've been a bit shit recently due to tiredness, but have you forgotten our start to the season already? Our superb goals against Norwich for example?
  • nickthegun 3 Jan 2014 09:29:46 67,892 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Considering refs are called cunts constantly by every player on the pitch in every game I've ever seen, that seems a little churlish.
    I was absolutely delighted to see Rooney given a straight yellow for giving the ref some aggro on boxing day.

    More like this, please.
  • Dougs 3 Jan 2014 09:31:21 78,673 posts
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    It's OK, Berbatov will up our creativity:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/FootieWriter/status/418870475737931777/photo/1?screen_name=FootieWriter
  • TheSaint 3 Jan 2014 09:35:03 16,676 posts
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    I'm fairly sure any ref would book a player that called them a cunt, if they actually heard it.

    No idea what was said but I seem to remember it was reported that refs would be recorded after the racism allegations so should be easy to prove either way.
  • morriss 3 Jan 2014 10:14:06 71,298 posts
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    It will be a dark day if Berba goes to Arsenal. A Dark, dark day.
  • robc84 3 Jan 2014 10:17:47 10,238 posts
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    We should have bought him when he moved last time. Still wouldn't mind him back at the lane. Could be a good strike partner for soldado.
  • Deleted user 3 January 2014 10:20:07
    If it prevents Liverpool from getting anywhere near the title I'm all for it.

    THIS IS WHAT IT's COME TO!

    I hope you're all happy. :p
  • nickthegun 3 Jan 2014 10:20:24 67,892 posts
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    i really cant see what good it would do fulham to get rid of him.

    if they want rid of a lazy, feckless bastard, send bent back to villa park
  • Deleted user 3 January 2014 10:21:31
    Wait! Champions :D
  • Deleted user 3 January 2014 10:21:34
    With Ade back on awesome form I'd be very hesitant to rock that boat. Soldado will come good, even if ots next season. Berba can go to Arsenal for me. The media make a big fuss whence has a good game, but ignore what a rarity it is these days.
  • Dougs 3 Jan 2014 10:22:22 78,673 posts
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    I can't see us going for him really. 8 years ago, I would have loved him as a replacement for Bergkamp, but now? Nah.
  • robc84 3 Jan 2014 10:24:57 10,238 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    With Ade back on awesome form I'd be very hesitant to rock that boat. Soldado will come good, even if ots next season. Berba can go to Arsenal for me. The media make a big fuss whence has a good game, but ignore what a rarity it is these days.
    Fair point. Just thinking back to how awesome he was first time around. He is obviously nowhere near that level now.

    Still a good player though. I'm a big fan of Ade, but you always wonder how long his form will last. It would be good to have a backup if/when he goes off the boil. Berba probably wouldn't want to come and play back up though anyway.
  • binky Moderator 3 Jan 2014 10:28:25 10,594 posts
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    Has there been any word on Ade's injury? I'm hoping that no headlines = not as serious as the stretcher made out.

    I loved Berba, but above all else it was his partnership with Keane that was so special.
  • nickthegun 3 Jan 2014 10:29:35 67,892 posts
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    Christ on a bike!

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/former-england-captain-mick-mills-turned-a-blind-eye-to-initiation-ceremony-abuse-at-stoke-city-which-included-sexual-assault-dubbed-the-glove-8995903.html
  • Deleted user 3 January 2014 10:32:07
    @binky

    Think he's fine.
  • Punctum 3 Jan 2014 10:38:14 1,251 posts
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    @THFourteen
    Yes, start of the season I'd agree. After that, less so.
  • Deleted user 3 January 2014 10:43:29
    nickthegun wrote:
    Christ on a bike!

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/former-england-captain-mick-mills-turned-a-blind-eye-to-initiation-ceremony-abuse-at-stoke-city-which-included-sexual-assault-dubbed-the-glove-8995903.html
    Odd club to support. Not sure where the joy would be.
  • Dougs 3 Jan 2014 10:46:03 78,673 posts
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    @nick, jesus! And some of the foreign lads think the mandatory song at Arsenal is a trial!

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jan/02/fa-detestable-gay-slur-equality-board-member

    Not a good day for showing football as progressive.
  • nickthegun 3 Jan 2014 10:49:34 67,892 posts
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    To be fair, he has completely recanted that (for whatever reason) and is actually quite a good example of how a persons beliefs can be reshaped through education.
  • Dougs 3 Jan 2014 10:51:02 78,673 posts
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    If you believe that of course....it's more a reflection on the recruitment process than anything. Seems he was brought in to advise on racism, but the FA didn't bother to check what his (previous or otherwise) views were on anything else Equality-related...
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