1) The RVP interview last night on Fox Soccer was interesting...he wanted to play with players who challenged his abilities (he is seeing things at MU that he hasn't seen since Henry, Fabregas, or Patrick left Arsenal). Sammy N left because he wanted more talented teammates...or so I recall him implying. Song wants to play on the best team in the world and, IMO, be carried to trophies.
In every aspect of my life I want to lead others...yes I follow those qualified, but I look to lead. How can it be that these men want be lead by others rather be a leader? I say bull. Deny all you want, but moving on was about the money.
2) An incomplete personal project is to look at Arsenal's performance versus the league when the league is grouped into quintiles. (Or rather modified quintiles with one group having only 3 members. ) I suspect, but have not proven, that the gap in standings between MU or MC or Chelsea and Arsenal in most seasons isn't performance against the top teams, but performance against teams at the bottom.
3) The point of the above paragraph is this...season to date Arsenal has only earned 6% of available points against the top three teams. Last season Arsenal earned 33% against the top three. Fortunately only 1 game remains against the top three and that is at Emirates. Performance against the bottom four is a different story. Last season Arsenal earned only 58% of the points available from the bottom four, but this season to date Arsenal has earned 83% of the points dropping only two against Southhampton.
4) A study I would like to see is a team by team comparison of the share of minutes played by the top 11 and players that rotate in. I keep thinking that Arsenal rotates less than other teams and that the team's performance is hurt by the lack of rotation. At times during the season fresh legs will provide a better performance than more talented, but tired legs. Or so I believe.
5) Last season Arsenal's rolling average of goals per game never got higher than 1.94. This season Arsenal has hit a rolling average of 2 or more goals per game four times. Hard to believe the team didn't score in its first two games this year.