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Arsenal enjoying ‘easier’ title path than Liverpool and City; Havertz apologies, Ramsdale, Man Utd…

The Mailbox says Arsenal’s path to the Premier League title has been easier than injury-ravaged Liverpool and Manchester City. Also: there are apologies for Kai Havertz and bits on Aaron Ramsdale and Manchester United.

What the donkey did at the Emirates
Stewie Griffin,

Wanted to let you know that the “£65m statue at Burnley”, the “immobile dummy with all the speed of a crustacean masturbating underwater”, the “£65m vanity purchase” scored the decisive winning goal last night against Brentford to send the “fodder-beating” Gunners to the top of the Premier League table.

Notice how the Bees set-up shop, a low/mid-block like a certain team in Portugal.

Maybe this would be a tactical dress rehearsal for the not-too intelligent Mikel Arteta ahead of the potential banana peel that is Porto on Tuesday.

Perhaps you’d be proven right that Arsenal will remain perennial also-rans and unmitigated

Havertz gets his flowers
After the regularity of the mundane 5 or 6-0 wins Arsenal were due a tougher game we had to grind it out in and at the same time have something that will boil the p*ss of rival fans and pundits up and down the land!

Of course Havertz was trying to win a penalty by engineering the contact but once there is that contact then the ref is never going to be 100% sure and var can’t intervene. Where var could and should have intervened was the clear penalty on Trossard being dragged back by the neck, it seemed every ball in the box had Brentford more interested in wrestling players to the ground but the ref had decided there was no way he was going to make any decision in the box.

Any new signing for Pep is given a free pass in their first year to get used to Pep and the huge detail and information he wants to get across to players, was Havertz not allowed the same partly to get rid of the Chelsea funk as well? He’s a vital part of the team, 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4, versatile to play midfield and striker, physical and intelligent, the archetypical Arteta player.

We took Chelsea’s best player off them and they didn’t even realise it. Arteta has also been proven right on the Raya deal. He is a better gk than Ramsdale it’s as simple as that. Pleased for Ramsdale to make those 2 good second half saves so his first half mistake didn’t cost us.

Another criminally underrated player is Ben White, ridiculously consistent, up and down that right side and contributing at both ends. Rarely is his price tag mentioned and Southgate needs to get over whatever falling out may have happened because it’s laughable he’s not in the England squad as a centre back let alone right back.

There aren’t many things as delightful as scoring a late winner against an opponent who has wasted time and feigned injury all game, and then who proved to whine and moan about Arsenal seemingly wasting time once we scored the winner!

Still 3rd favourites for the league of course, why wouldn’t we be with such a young team and inexperienced manager in comparison with his competition.

Sorry to Kai Havertz
Just a quick apology to Kai Havertz, who I may have appeared to doubt in an email to this site at the start of the season.

I was clearly joking and always knew he’d be an important player for us and score vital goals.

Especially against Brentford. Twice.

Also, Brentford are quiet dislikeable aren’t they? Time wasting, waving imaginary cards towards the ref and moaning about everything

Lucky, lucky Arsenal
Jurrien timber? Who is that? You can’t claim to be missing a player who never actually played a single game for you.

Tomiyasu fair enough since he was a regular first team player.

Party has been replaced by £100m signing Declan rice and I’m surprised arsenal fans even remember they have party anymore. And are arsenal fans really saying that zinchenko is the defensive lynchpin that holds it all together?

Finally there’s jesus a striker who regularly goes on strike.

None of those players would make the other top 6 teams and more crucially – none of them would make the arsenal starting 11 either and before you make their case ask yourselves – would you be getting 4 5 and 6 nil wins or better if you slot those players into the team in place of their current counterpart? Probably not.

Whereas city missing de bruyne, rodri and haaland definitely does change the chance of them winning.

Liverpool missing , Trent, Alison, Jones, Nunez, Salah, Jota does affect the chances of a positive outcome. Every single one of those players are starting 11 and I intentionally left off a bunch of others who would usually be on the bench.

Like it or not arsenal’s path to the title this year is easier than cities and easier than Liverpool’s. The team is largely settled group of players with little changes in summer playing the same football with injuries to minor players who wouldn’t start consistently anyway. For example do you think you’d be in a title race if rice had been out for as long as de bruyne was? Very very unlikely.

Take saka out for 3 months like Salah for Liverpool and are arsenal where they are now? Very unlikely.

When I say it’s more significant for city and Liverpool I’m saying that because circumstances have been tougher for both throughout this season because both have missed genuinely game changing players for big chunks of the season.

It’s not that it means more to Liverpool or city fans, you’re misinterpreting what I’m saying. I’m saying the path to the title has been easiest for arsenal. And even at that I’m not saying it was EASY I’m saying it was easier by comparison.

But it won’t matter anyway, the title is probably going to city. And next week after city win against arsenal it will trigger the annual arsenal late season collapse and you’ll get third, while probably having the best season of your history.

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