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  • Dream Pairing

    Samuel Eto'o has hinted he would like to join Arsenal after his future was plunged into doubt at Barcelona.

    The Cameroon striker launched an astonishing attack on Barca boss Frank Rijkaard and team-mate Ronaldinho before admitting he would love to play under Arsene Wenger in the Premiership.

    He said: "I love Wenger, he is one of the best coaches in the world.

    "I could have played for Arsenal some years ago. I would have loved to have had Wenger as my coach."

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    Is it too early for the "Eto'o +10" bandwagon? 

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  • Monday Morning Manager

    Well, he's done it to me (us) again.   Last time I hyped Cisse in a "One to watch" post, he burned us with six points.  That was down from his average of ten points per at the time.  Fine.  And now when we bring him back up again, at home to a struggling Hammers side, he REALLY c-r-a-p-s the bed.  Lena's TWA was more wrong than right: "Cisse, KenJo, KieRich, BFAR. There will be goals, especially at home.
    But Robert Green isn't the most generous of keepers so I expect some
    saves for him." only because Green didn't have to make any saves!  Eight shots from Cisse and NONE on target.  There's 24

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  • Injuries and Suspensions

    Well, no sooner do I get excited about having a cheap defender with a good chance of a clean sheet (Skrtel) than he turns up injured.  Given that fact, please insert Arbeloa for Skrtel in "The Week Ahead" post.  Granted a centre half pairing of Hyypia and Arbeloa may greatly reduce the chances of a Liverpool clean sheet but given the options, Arbeloa is still pretty high on my list. (FYI, Carragher is suspended if you're wondering why he isn't in the mix and Agger isn't yet match fit).

    Elsewhere, apparently Almunia is sufficiently recovered from his virus so Lehmann appears not to be a viable

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  • The (Abbreviated) Week Ahead

    As I started thinking about my post for this week. I wasn't really sure how to approach it.  Of the four teams playing, two are legitimately terrible (Wigan and Watford), one is mediocre on its good days and in the middle of a terrible run of form right this second (Spurs), and one is just plain mediocre (Everton).  Hardly the stuff that major marches up the fantasy table are made of so I'll approach the column the same way I started thinking about my line-up for this week - in two parts. 

    The first part - how many line-up slots should I consider changing - and the second part - who should

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  • Kanu Kept Out Of Trotters Clash

    Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp will rest Kanu for the club's trip to Bolton on Saturday amid fears the nine-goal Nigerian could be facing burnout.

    Zimbabwean Benjani Mwaruwari will start up front on his own instead of top-scorer Kanu, who will be left behind on the south coast in preparation for the New Year's Day encounter with Tottenham.

    Redknapp is reluctant to play the former Arsenal striker in both games in case he loses him for the next couple of months.

    Andrew Cole is the only other available front man but Redknapp is not confident he can complete 90 minutes and will persist with

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  • Injuries & Suspensions

    Update: 

    Chelsea team news came through - - and it
    looks like Malouda may be back. So two or three from four b/w FloMa,
    JCole, SWP and Kalou. I don't like those odds, so will probably be
    dumping JCole from my team... again. Who to replace him with? I've got
    a little bit to spend and am mainly looking at Dempsey (home to NUFC)
    or Bianchi (home to Bolton and in line to start - supposedly). Looks
    like Dempsey once again inolved in that age old question (and previous blog feature) ¿Quien es mas macho? If only to make Nery feel more at home.

    Any
    thoughts from the community?  Between the two, whom

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  • Midweek Blues

    Time to start counting the cost of missed 'man games' in these midweek fixtures.  I've already lost one to Ashley Young's flu and now another as Wenger seems to have Flamini playing at left back instead of Clichy.

    Those of you who own Fabregas are bitter too, but at least he's on the bench.

    Chelsea name an unchanged XI, but neither Robben nor Joe Cole make the bench.  

    For United, in reverse of expectations, Ronaldo is fit enough to start but Saha only makes the bench.  He's joined there by Scholes, replaced by O'Shea, while Giggs doesn't even make it to the bench and is replaced in the XI by

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  • Opportunity Knocks…

    There are two ways to look at the fact that points haven't been posted yet for this week...

    On one side, it's a bit annoying given that we've come to expect (the one Pompey match aside) that points will be posted the same day as matches are played.  I know I had a pretty good week relative to the rest of the managers in my private group (only Kranjcar didn't play and I didn't have any of the gentlemen who scored own goals, missed penalties, or saw red).  I'd like to see how that turned out for me.

    On the other hand, this delay gives us all an extended chance to get some players before their

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