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Well the undoubted story of the week was Bradford’s scalp of Arsenal in the Capital One Cup. The League two side took it all the way to penalties before Thomas Vermaelen’s miss made sure it would be the minnows celebrating. That has lead to some calling for Wenger’s head – what do you think? Should the club legend be moved to pastures new?

Elsewhere in the Premier League relegation battlers Reading were no match for Sunderland who put three goals past the Royals to move out of the bottom three. After the game Brian McDermott confirmed that midfielder Danny Guthrie asked not to be considered for the trip. How would you handle a player like that? Let us know in the comments section below.

We’ll also be previewing all this weekend’s games, and discussing the little fella with all the goals, as always the debate isn’t half as fun unless you get involved, so let us know what you’re thinking either below or on twitter. Let’s EPL Talk about it:

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  1. p

    December 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Penalties against Bradford were descripted on the pod as “disgusting,” I thought the players were solemn, two of the three misses hit the post, the performance was disappointing but not the penalties.

    Arsenal under Wenger have performed at or above what should be expected considering relative financial resources. Their competitors include arguably the biggest club in the world (United) and the two petro-dollar clubs. In my POV firing him would be getting rid of someone doing an excellent job, because he’s not fulfilling unrealistically high expectations (which would be doing a miraculous job and consistently outperforming those three). He finished third last season!

    Arsenal are talked about as if everyone has equal resources, and their performance before was entirely down to Wenger’s brilliance; now, Wenger has slipped, so the team has as well. I think this is pretend… the decline of Arsenal is down to several teams having outside investment.

    Guardiola won’t be coming to Arsenal, he can take over one of those other three and still have an epic project but with better backing.

    • Andrei

      December 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      It probably doesn’t hurt to check some facts before making any assertions especially related to financial resources. Based on annual revenue Arsenal are ranked #5 in the world with Manchester United the only EPL club ahead of them. Granted Chelsea and City have financial resources beyond football related revenue but Arsenal definitely have the means to keep their best players like RVP, Fabregas or Song instead of selling them. Consider this Arsenal would be top title contenders if they didn’t sell RVP and Song. It is simple math really – take away 11 points in my count United gained this season because of RVP and give them to Arsenal and you will have Gunners in the top spot.

      • p

        December 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

        I don’t need to “check some facts” about Arsenal’s revenue when making a point that three league opponents have greater financial resources. As you admit, revenue does not wholly account for financial capacity.

        • Andrei

          December 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

          Then tell me without “checking some facts” how Arsenal financial resources compare to the likes of WBA, Everton, Stoke or Swansea the clique of clubs Arsenal are competing against for the 4th spot? While on the topic can you give me a ballbark (without checking again) by how much United resources exceed those available to Arsenal? By 10%, 50%, 100% or 500%?

          • p

            December 15, 2012 at 2:31 am

            Where did Arsenal finish last season in relation to those clubs?

    • Sacto Blues

      December 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Yes it is Chelsea’s fault Arsenal lost to Bradford. Agent Wegner is one of our deep lying sleepers that we’ve programmed to bring Arsenal down and now if only Agent Andre will speed up up his bringing down the other North London team.

      • Andrei

        December 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

        I guess it was also Chelsea’s or City’s fault that Arsenal handed the EPL title to United by selling them RVP.

      • dust

        December 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm

        LOL…sure and if Liverpool’s agent Benitez can finish the job the original spurs undercover agent, agent AVB tried to do at Chelski…cant think of any other agents right now…

  2. MG

    December 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Arsenal are ghosts.. Said it weeks ago and it still rings true and will most likely ring true for the rest of the season, unless they DO get a string of wins together. Even then, it’s lost.. The season has a sour and rotten taste to it after the nonsense after nonsense, week after week. Bradford was my tipping point. This season (who give a f*ck about “4th” anymore?) is essentially over. You lose to Bradford, you won’t win the FA Cup and you definitely won’t win the Champions League. Or maybe they will (the former), but I just don’t believe in them anymore.. and I know I’m not the only one. The pride has sunk. Love my club to death, but there’s something rotten going on at Arsenal FC.. Dark days.

  3. Sammy

    December 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I like how you refer to Wenger as a “club legend”. Brings back the good memories of all the good things he’s done for the club. Sadly though, it seems all good things must come to an end and this is no different here at Arsenal 🙁

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