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Four Horse Race in EPL Remains Unchanged

In the song “Once In a Lifetime” by the Talking Heads, the words “same as it ever was” are repeated over and over. After watching another predictable weekend of Premier League football, albeit entertaining, the likelihood of a club cracking the four horse race seems as remote as ever.

What clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers lack is that killer instinct. That flash of brilliance than can turn a side of superstars playing ordinary football into a winning team. Think Nemanja Vidic popping up for another header to deliver a cruel blow to the Toffees. Think Emmanuel Adebayor and his wonder goal (the second of the day) against Spurs.

The depressing realization that even with more funds available to buy stronger teams, “The Other 16” are having a difficult time competing at the top level. Even when clubs from “The Other 16” do find players that can give the clubs the edge, massive clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea come calling trying to sign those players away from them. For example, Dimitar Berbatov continues to be on top of Man United’s shopping list and you imagine it’s only a matter of time before the Bulgarian is snapped up in either the January or August transfer windows.

Think back to Fulham a few seasons ago, and the same thing happened to Louis Saha who was knocking a flurry of goals into the net for Fulham before Man United went ahead and snapped up the striker.

With the season thus far, at least the level of play is closer and there aren’t as many one-sided matches. However, the season is still young and a few key injuries to clubs from “The Other 16” could demoralize their chances of even getting close to competing against the Big Four.

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  1. JLay

    September 17, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Sheesh- that’s what I get for being lazy and not logging in- can’t edit my comment!

    They need to buy some high-priced DEFENDERS. The midfield’s actually not bad.

  2. JLay

    September 17, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    By the way, Arsenal would be well-advised to buy some high-prced midfielders.

    As for your spot in the table- enjoy it now, you won’t stay there!

    I’ve never heard a fan bragging about how fiscally responsible his team was!

    I agree that the spending has gone a bit haywire and players have been overvalued over the last 2 or 3 years- but cmon, man!

    Tell me you wouldn’t have been jumping up and down if the Gunners had landed Torres or Tevez or one of the other “big name”, expensive transfers…

  3. Wes

    September 17, 2007 at 5:45 am

    I think you cannot ignore Man City. They have money to spent and they have a good manager too. They could spoil the top four order, maybe not this season but next season.

  4. The Gaffer

    September 16, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    I’m not a fan of any Premier League club, but I have nothing against Arsenal.

    I wasn’t categorizing the top four as the “big four spenders.” Instead, I included Arsenal among the top four clubs who always end up in the top four.

    Sure, Man City is in second place now and full credit to them, but their place in the echelon of English football is temporary.

    The Gaffer

  5. Anonymous

    September 16, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    ughh the same with you again. please dont put arsenal with the other 3 big spending clubs. how much did arsenal really spend in the summer? we sold henry, ljungberg, and we bought bacary sagna for £7m, eduardo da silva for about £8m, and fabianski for about £2.5m.

    Look at the spurs..£16.5m for bent?! that’s one player, and a player who cant score a goal even if he’s 5 feet from the goal.

    manchester united bought nani for £17m and anderson for the same.

    come on.

    please dont say put arsenal in the same sentence as manchester united, chelsea, and liverpool.

    sure we wanted to sign some of the players that those 3 signed but we have a way of doing things.

    we never spend more than £10m on a player. this is all absurd.

    im sure portsmouth, west ham, aston villa, manchester city spent more than arsenal.

    four horse race? look at who’s 2nd in the table. its not liverpool, man u, or chelsea.

    and what does it say about spending alot of money on players when one of the most responsible teams financially is in 1st place?

    you cant buy the championship.

    chelsea spent so much money on shevchenko and ballack and what did they get in return?

    dont get me wrong, i find your blog very interesting and insightful, but please take a second look at things when you want to make a point.

    who are you a fan of any way?

    i know you’re not a fan of arsenal. you never give them any credit.


    come on you reds!

    arsenal to win the league.

    there i said it.

    i might of jinxed them, but its in my heart.

    arsene knows best.

    thierry who?

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