After a week of controversy and covering-backsides the EPL got back to business and it was nice to see. It is hard to over-estimate the significance of these results in the season as teams still feel like there is so much ahead of them and still a mixed record behind them.

Christmas is the time to set things right and this weekend seems to have set that up quite nicely. Stamford Bridge saw our featured game please Johnson and co. as they walked away with a victory, but we assess how hollow that might feel in the long-term as Chelsea are still making progress and finding out more with each game.

Arsenal get their assessment too, can we compare their season to that of Liverpool or United? When we do are they actually compared quite favourably? Give us your feedback as RVP strikes again.

United plod on, but they don’t look like the dynamic and inventive team who started the season. The strange thing is that no one seems to care; their neighbours are making far too much noise for that. Mancini is breaking out the scarf and City fans are cooling the Champagne as they seem to be the only team with a good history and a bright future in the league.

Finally, the pod pays tribute to David Beckham and his achievements in the MLS, what has changed in football in that time? Was he lucky or significant in that change?

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