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All Things Footie | Thursday, August 25 | Jordan

Open season

So following a bout of stupid first-week-of-the-season international-friendly-itis, we’re back to normal, and I can’t remember what it felt like to have a weekend without the Premiership. Isn’t it great?

The big news of the weekend was Chelsea getting one over on Arsenal, and while playing 10 men behind the ball at home has to be a mark of respect from the Champions to Arsenal, that doesn’t make it fun to watch. A lucky, offside goal from the otherwise utterly useless Didier Drogba was all that separated the sides, and essentially Arsenal paid for being rubbish in the final third—a problem that can be laid squarely at the feet of Arsène Wenger’s conservative team selection. José Reyes showed last night that not only is he capable of running his little Andalucian legs off, but he’s also capable of playing some rather deft, almost Bergkamp-esque, balls to his attaking counterparts.

If there’s one thing that’s clear to me though, it’s that Chelsea will by no means obliterate the league this season—as if I didn’t know that before. Excepting a 10 game purple patch before his injury, it would be fair to say that Arjen Robben has looked utterly shit, and Damien Duff hasn’t played particularly well for 18 months now. Shaun Wright-Phillips has just one really good season of football (for Manchester City, mind) behind him, and I’m unconvinced about Joe Cole as anything but an average player who’s able to turn a game on his day. Frank Lampard had a superb season last year, but again, it’s a player who’s had one really good season, and I won’t judge a player on one good year, so he remains a slightly above average midfielder until he can prove me otherwise by dominating the Prem for another year.

Aside from a rock solid defence, Chelsea are pretty average. Oooh. Controversial.

Talking of controversial, it’s no secret that I think Michael Owen is utterly shit, and it’s no surprise to me that The Worst Manager In The History Of The Premiership®, Graeme Souness, is the only man willing to part with hard cash for the has-been. What unites Rafa Benitez, Arsène Wenger, Alex Ferguson and José Mourinho? They’re all good managers who could do with a striker, but aren’t even remotely interested in somone who’s averaged a goal every other game for his whole career. Why? Because he’s shit. He destroys his strike partners (what happened to Shearer after Owen became his strike partner for England?) by being selfish, lazy, and having the technical ability of a tired Pascal Cygan. He may score a lot of goals, but he will never play in a successful team because he puts his goals ahead of the team success—if the team loses 3-2 and he scores a brace he goes home happy.

He may be a ‘poacher’, but there are plenty of poachers who don’t kill their teams off: Shevchenko, Vieri, Raul, Shearer, Van Nistelrooy, to name but a few. Besides that, the only thing Owen’s ever had that made him different was extraordinary pace, which he lost at 23. He’s ordinary at best.

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# Posted by Anonymous Ben at 9:57 AM
While you mention Reyes not being played at Chelsea, what about Bergkamp? I for one cannot excuse Wenger for not bringing on Bergkamp, (possibly the most creative player in the league on his day) when the team was one goal down to their biggest rivals for the title. He showed a lack of commitment and more than a little apprehension by only ever bringing on Flamini - a boring and if anything defensive move.
# Posted by Anonymous Cisko at 12:07 PM
How much of a choice was there for Flamini vs. Bergkamp? More likely the time to bring on Dennis was when Ljungberg was injured. Flamini didn't come on until 85' anyway and then for Cesc. When Freddie was pulled we needed someone to handle wide midfield, and Dennis isn't cut out for that.
# Posted by Blogger Jordan at 1:56 PM
I'm not convinced Bergkamp would be able to turn a dying game against Chelsea. The defence is too good. Sitting back and playing the slow, technical players would be easy for Chelsea to defend against; Terry worries when players charge at him -- that's why we needed Reyes.

I still agree though, we needed to be attacking. Should have started with van Persie IMO, with Reyes and Hleb/Ljungberg out wide.
# Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 2:16 PM
I thought it was a physical game and Bergkamp would of been caught on the ball too much. I would of liked to see Van Persie and Reyes start as they would of at least took chances. Henry gave the ball away too many times. Lehmann and Cole were the best players that day.
# Posted by Anonymous Pete at 2:46 PM
Jord, I really gotta disagree with your Owen comments. Most teams would want a striker of his magnitude playing for them, plus he could get into almost any national team outside of Brazil. Yes, he can completely disappear from games at times and he doesn't create opportunitys in the same way as Henry, but his goal records for Liverpool, Madrid and England speaks for itself.

Lampard is also quality. I expect him to have a very good season with Chelsea (for the third year in a row) and be just as big a success at the World Cup as he was in the Euros.
# Posted by Anonymous Pete at 3:08 PM
wow, some cracking champions league draws!

Group B
Sparta Prague

almost poetic that dennis goes to ajax in his final season at arsenal.

chelsea v liverpool, milan v psv, forlan back to man utd and rangers vs artmedia. good stuff!
# Posted by Anonymous Darren at 9:47 PM
Yep, average but very solid.

The key is that teams realsie that and actually attack them. Wigan almost got a well deserved point.
# Posted by Blogger Jordan at 9:15 AM

Owen is available, and affordable by all the top clubs, and they all in one way or another need a striker. The fact that none of the top managers are even sniffing around him (don't believe the Rafa Benitez paper talk, I believe him when he says he's not in the slightest bit interested) speaks volumes.
# Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 2:56 AM
I agree with Jordan re: Owen.

Will someone tell TT that the Captain's job is to motivate his team, not to be the Arsenal Ambassador, spreading good vibes to the f***ing enemy. I love him, but I think Arsene needs to take him aside and give ‘im what for.

With our thin squad, the difference between success and failure will be injuries. That’s it. Chelski are prepared for when their front-line players get hurt; we’re not. Lampard ain’t the greatest, SWP doesn’t have much experience, Duff sucks, Dufus Drogba’s no good, but each of them plays better than an injured one of our guys. That’ll be the difference.
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