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Old 12-24-2015, 01:43 PM
 
Location: SW France
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What a ridiculous thing to say! Leicester top of the league is a WONDERFUL thing, this kind of scenario is what makes the Premier League the greatest (and most popular) sporting league in the world (and by some distance), it is fabulously temperamental and entertaining.
As you know, I agree with what you say, and the more I read the comments that were previously made by that poster, the more they are so alien to our culture.

The entire football league here, and in Europe and elsewhere is based on merit, with a hierarchy of leagues, with movement between those leagues based on promotion and relegation.

The US system that is referred to appears to be based on the amount of money a franchise can put up. I'm not familiar with how it works.

Of course, properly used, and in the right hands, money has a massive influence of how well a team performs over the length of a season, and that makes the fact that Leicester are currently top of the PL all the more refreshing.

It also reminds me of the fact that in the top division of the French league is a team called Guingamp, which is located in a tiny town in Brittany. So refreshing.

More power to the underdogs! Thank goodness money can't buy everything!
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Old 12-26-2015, 03:22 PM
 
Location: SW France
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Arsenal had the chance to go top of the league this evening.

You have one guess as to how they did.

Yep, they self destructed.
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Old 12-26-2015, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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Bournemouth so far are the surprise of this year's PL. Hope they stay in good form.


Not Leister? the Cherries are a great story but Leister being top at XMAS is even better.
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Old 12-26-2015, 11:20 PM
 
Location: SW France
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Leicester were bottom of the league this time last year!

Bournemouth won the Championship last season, and given the injury problems they are having, have done well, but are certainly far from safe.

Of the newly promoted teams, Watfod are by far the best this season.
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Old 12-30-2015, 03:11 AM
 
Location: SW France
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So, Arsenal finally got to the top of table for the end of 2015.

I hope you can see the link;

BBC Sport - Football - Tables
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Old 01-27-2016, 09:41 AM
 
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Re: 'More power to the underdogs! Thank goodness money can't buy everything!'

You know I've been watching the EPL for many years here in the States. Years ago games were never carried on tv the way the see now. To see Liverpool the team we support we had to drive miles at an ungodly early hour at a venue where you had to pay a cover charge for the transmission. Then we sat down to anEnglish/Irish breakfast and got entertained...;-)...

And speaking of entertainment I think the league right now is really at parity where any given day the top can lose to the bottom. No game I think is an absolute given. The teams fight hard. I hope they keep it that way!

And further look at what has happened to Pool and Manu. They are struggling. And teams are picking them off. Arsenal considering its history Arsene and his guys better watch out. They can get sandbagged anytime.
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Nordic
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Arsenal win the league after 12 year back in new and great title.

Utd is poorer this season. Arsenal can win first since 2003/2004.

Sack v.Gaal and Giggsy in as no 1. Thought ??
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Old 01-27-2016, 03:19 PM
 
Location: SW France
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Arsenal win the league after 12 year back in new and great title.

Utd is poorer this season. Arsenal can win first since 2003/2004.

Sack v.Gaal and Giggsy in as no 1. Thought ??

Arsenal have shown their ability to shot themselves in the foot in the last couple of weeks.

They are their own worst enemies- what a dire performance against Chelsea.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:35 PM
 
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Re: 'Arsenal....

Mr. Wenger, a fine manager having a great team with technically very gifted players. His players play great football to watch. I think they should have won a title already in the last few years. Same for Liverpool who came close under Rodgers a few years ago but as noted, 'shot themselves' in the foot. It was always tough to win the top spot but now with all the great talent coming into the league it arguably would look to be much harder now.
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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Arsenal have shown their ability to shot themselves in the foot in the last couple of weeks.

They are their own worst enemies- what a dire performance against Chelsea.


Arsenal are Calendar Year Trophy winners !!!! Parade through Islington planned for tomorrow!!!


what a joke they really are, needed to reinforce over the last several years at Center Defense, Central Holding mid, perhaps striker (although Giroud isn't bad at what he does and they don't play to his strengths)


Arsenals wage bill is higher than Chelsea - Fact


all that money after moving to the Grove and they don't spend it, players constantly injured, Wellbeck has spent more time injured at Arsenal that all his time at MU for instance.


their manager is so stubborn, it 's been reported that the board has gone above his head on some of the signings and then you have Stan Kroenke, their owner has never done anything of note in America, he's all about the investment.


all Arsenal care about is top 4, champions league, getting knocked out at Rd 16 by Monaco, is that why they moved into the Emerites?


Man City don't seem to really want the title but Wenger has no excuse, arsenal were the only team in the top 5 Euro leagues to NOT buy an OUTFIELD player, not one. So Wenger must've been very happy with his squad , and considering how weak the PL is (still exciting though) there are no excuses IMO.
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