Football can be a complicated thing. In the space of a few days your whole world can turn upside down. Last year when Wayne Rooney refused to sign a new contract for his club, it felt like a dagger in my back and the back of every United fan. Now of course, he is king again, kind of. More recently, in the last few weeks, I've went from loving Owen Hargreaves, to pitying him, to laughing at him, to being really confused and now a real dislike is growing as he becomes another bitter blue. So every weekend a thousand different opinions shoot through my mind. Here are just 6 of them, agree or disagree at your pleasure!
Robin Van Persie joins Club 100
Last week, I discussed Arsene Wenger's inability to spot defensive talent, now I hear that he may have had first dibs on Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, only for Fergie to steal them from under his nose. But the real Arsenal news of the weekend is not about defense (for once!). Against Bolton, RVP hit his 99th and 100th goals for the club, time for celebration, but alas in typical Arsenal style its been followed up with the news that RVP has refused to sign a new contract for the Gunners with his current deal running out in 2013.
Van Persie sporting the dreadlocks that made him famous.
With the departures of Fabregas and Nasri, RVP has become captain, and one of the few real quality players left in the team. With Wilshere out injured (and overrated), Van Persie is the one attacking threat Arsenal can rely on when he does play. He's had injury problems, but he is a lethal striker and to be honest, at the moment he's all Arsenal have got. If they lose him they take one more step down the ladder and while its very easy to fall down the ladder, its a hell of a lot harder to climb back up. Just ask Liverpool.
Newcastle - Mike Ashley, football genius?
It's only six games in, there's plenty of time to get relegated again, but whisper it quietly, Newcastle are doing quite well... Still unbeaten, the Premiership's Premier Comedy Club (TM) are defying all predictions and not being a complete joke, for once. Last Christmas (well - last day of January), Newcastle pulled off a Christmas Miracle (Day before February Miracle) and got 35 million for a player who had scored 14 Premier League goals. That money was to be re-invested promised Ashley, everyone knowing it would never be seen again. Then in the summer, Kevin Nolan was shipped off to the Championship and Joey Barton was released on a free transfer. It actually seemed like Ashley was doing his absolute best to sink his own club. Even more of a signal of such, they signed Gabby Obertan!
On the left: 35 Million Pounds
Yet the new signings seem inspired. Cabaye looks a cracking player, Demba Ba has outscored Carroll 10 to 3 since January, Obertan has looked half decent and Davide Santon is an unbelievable coup for the Geordies. Add in the return of Hatem Ben Arfa and there is no denying, Newcastle are a better team this season than last, all with a positive net spend. Maybe that Mike Ashley chap isn't so bad? The jury is still out but Newcastle fans have a right to be excited no matter how many times that has been their downfall before.
Peter Ridsdale - The Real Rogue Trader
Just over a week ago, Kweku Adoboli was arrested for losing over $2 billion. Working as an investor at UBS, Kweku made some bad decisions and now they're all pretty much f***ed and he's going to jail. So how long can we stand back and allow Peter Ridsdale to be free, when even the corrupt financial sector is starting to get a grip. Here is a man who bet the farm on Champions League football when he was at Leeds. Did he win? Well a few years later Leeds where bankrupt and slipping further and further into the abyss of the English Football League. When he resigned Leeds were £103 million pounds in debt. His career highlights also include almost bankrupting Barnsley, bring Cardiff to the brink of extinction and advising Plymouth Argyle on how best to destroy their club. The man is a disgrace to football and whatever club he next attaches himself to might as well just wind themselves up immediately and save themselves the hassle.
Luiz Suarez - Resident Hothead
No player should ever be happy to be subbed. For the money they get and the length of their careers its great to see a player want to spend every possible minute on the pitch. But at the end of the day its the Manager's decision. He picks the team, he's the king. So when a player acts like Suarez did when he was subbed off at the weekend, storming off, kicking water bottles and throwing a strop, it undermines his boss. It raises questions and it takes away from what's happening on the pitch. When I thought of Liverpool's weekend, the first thing I remembered was Suarez, not the three points Liverpool earned. It's a real worry when Craig Bellamy isn't the most hotheaded player at your club!
Suarez isn't afraid to sink his teeth into a new challenge.
Suarez has been a revelation at Liverpool. In a time where transfer fees are inflating ever higher, he looks like a genuinely great bit of business. But while his temper may be what spurs him on the pitch, he needs to be controlled. He's filled with anger and its caused him problems in the past. Control it and you have one of the top 5 players in the Premiership, allow it to fester and you have a destructive influence waiting to tear a dressing room apart. Kenny Dalglish has some work to do.
Dimitar Berbatov and the Self Fulfilling Prophecy
I've always supported Berbatov at United. There have been many haters but I've long argued in support of the Bulgarian. However in the last six months things have gone from bad to worse. Omitted from the bench for the Champions League final, it seemed obvious Berbatov was out the door. Had PSG made a respectable bid I think he would have been gone. As this season starts, Berbatov, our top scorer last season, is fourth on the list of strikers. Rooney, Welbeck and Chicharito are ahead of him and that can do nothing but hurt a proud man. Michael Owen seems to be on a similar level, and Macheda and Diouf will want to be pushing forward. What I saw against Stoke was a man frustrated. Throwing his arms up in the air, we gave him none of the ball, but at the same time he didn't demand it. His United career is limping to a close and he has to take it by the scruff of the neck or else he risks becoming what all his haters have said he was from the start. They've been wrong till now. He has to ensure they stay that way.
Put a lightning bolt scar on his forehead and the heading makes sense!
Its all in the follow up...
Upon reading the news this morning that Manchester City were going to lay a commemorative wreath for the Munich Air Disaster, I'll admit at first I was dismissive. A token gesture, meaning little to nothing. However on further thought, I do hope this can be a step forward, not just for the Manchester clubs but all football fans. Last week, Man United played Leeds United and the match was overshadowed by disgraceful actions by BOTH sets of fans. The Manchester fans brought a sickening banner and sang about Istanbul, the Leeds fans replied with Munich chants. Then during the week, I see a video of a four year old singing who is that lying on the runway and it sickens me. City are taking a step forward, but it all becomes nothing if when they are next at Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium their fans tell us that Carlos Tevez hates Munichs. Both teams suffered tragedies that day, with United's most well known, City also lost former player Frank Swift. Liverpool and Leeds have seen their own fans die in football related violence. And many other clubs can relate. And yet every week we still hear vile chants from all sides. Its time to stop. And hopefully this gesture by City will not be dismissed as I initially did, but understood and used to rid football of these incidents.
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