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All Things Footie | Wednesday, December 12 | Jordan

Did I Miss Something?

Or did Spurs and Blackburn mistake last night's games for competitive fixtures? You'd be forgiven for thinking so, but it doesn't detract from the fact that players who should have known better failed to perform. Blackburn hammering 4 past Arsenal can never be a good thing for the gunners, especially if this team is supposed to have a chance at winning the F.A. Barclaycard Premier Reserve League. Even Bolton seemed stunned as their second string lost out by six goals to Spurs' first team. You'd expect a bit of maturity from managers like Glenn Hoddle and Graeme Sourness but I guess they're just desperate to win something even if it is the Worthlesston Cup.

Seriously though, why did Arsène Wenger feel it necessary to remove Arsenal's best midfielder (the—surely ready for a run in the first team—Jermaine Pennant) when Kanu and Sylvain Wiltord were doing their level best to make Ade Akinbiyi look like Maradona?

Why do we still pretend that the League Cup is worth anything to the top Premiership teams? I for one think it is probably time for the league cup to live up to its name and be exclusively for clubs in the football league. That way at least it may be treated with a little respect and cease to be a place for reserves to gain a little experience. Premiership clubs have more things to worry about, especially those not in Europe—survival in the Premiership is much more important both financially and in footballing terms.

A new feature now, shamelessly stealing the idea from a popular footballing magazine named after George Grahams favoured way of lining up his troops. In some cases, a footballer running his own personal website is a good idea, interesting gossip and personal views on controversial issues minus an agent. Sometimes (I'm looking in your direction Jaap) it's just plain boring, but foreign players (particularly northern European's for some reason) seem to insist on writing some of the most bizarre and profound statements of modern times. Ladies and gentlemen this week I present to you the wonderful world of Crystal Palace striker Aki Riihilahti

“November is a useless month. Always a dull weather, bad results, small problems and even the girl calendar has a left-over babe on it.”
“December instead is the month full of suprises, fit calendar girls, joy and belief in many things. In this month I believe in two things: Crystal Palace and X:mas calendar.

“One of the best childhood memories was to wake up every day with full of enthusiasm and belief that today there is chocolate in the X:mas calendar. Same goes now with football, we need the chocolate.”

Deeply profound I think you'll agree.

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