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All Things Footie | Sunday, November 17 | Jordan

Toon-Tastic

If there's a lesson to be learnt from last week's European action it's that the best course of action is simply to go for it. It took Liverpool 5 games to realise that you have to be positive in Europe. They got their just desserts for being over cautious. Bobby Robson's Newcastle however, threw everything they had at the Champions League; and a month ago it looked foolish. They also got what they deserved and made it through spectacularly, winning in the last minute against Feyenood on Wednesday.

A deserved word too for the integrity shown by Juventus, who though certain to qualify top of the group still tried at Kiev and won to put the Ukrainians out.

With Arsenal brushing aside a team — whose name has escaped me all weekend — without so much as a flinch, they flew back to the top of the Premiership. As far as I'm concerned Arsenal are the best team I've seen so far this season, certainly in the Premiership and possibly in Europe. With all due respect to Liverpool, I really can't work out how they've been top of the League for 6 weeks.

I wont be the only person this week who simply despairs at Mike Riley's utter incompetence as a referee. Looking at the red/yellow card ‘league table’, is anyone else surprised to see that Riley and Andy D’Urso have the dubious honour of being top. I wouldn't inflict their bungling on the football league, they'd be murdered if they attempted to ‘control’ a Sunday League match with the same attitude. If I were as bad at my job as they are at theirs I wouldn't be going to work tomorrow.

Following his half decent display against a badly under performing Blackburn side in the Euro-Worthington cup, I've heard talk of Chris Sutton being considered for England. I'm going to make a bold statement. If Chris Sutton is chosen for England, I'll not watch the national team again, live or highlights, until Eriksson is kicked out.

Quote of the weekend. From who else but Big Ron?

“Graham Taylor's got more strikers than the fire brigade.”

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