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Monday, November 29, 2010

Man U walks through an open door and now the Blues and Gunners must play catchup

It may seem like a long season in calendar months but in regards to number of games as compared to other major sports around the world, particularly in the US where a losing streak still has time to be tuned into a positive, but in a 38-game season a three losses is close to 10% of your entire year. In that regard Chelsea and Arsenal have both left the door open and Manchester United was more than willing to walk right through and take early control of the EPL. Injuries have simply devastated the Blues whom have fallen from their first place perch for the first time with three losses in their last five matches. Losing Essien, Lampard, and captain fantastic (Terry), have forced them to stumble and they will not only need them to return but without any ‘growing pains’ for the club as they will need to make up ground on a side that is yet to lose so far this year. Meanwhile Sir Alex and the Gunners have also tasted defeat as of late, dropping two of their last five matches to Spurs and Newcastle, and now find themselves also two points back and hope that Eboue’s return has come quickly enough to make up the points. The question is are these concerns much ado about nothing with the season not quite half over? Perhaps, and rest assured all eyes will be focused on several December battles to close the calendar year starting with the 13th when Man U host Arsenal, December 19th when Man U pays a visit to Stamford Bridge, the 27th when the Blues go on the road to Emirates. After the steamers come down on January 1, we’ll have more of a vivid picture on how much of an advantage United gained as a result of the early season stumbles, and if these worries were really much ado about nothing. Do you think Man U’s early advantage makes a big difference in the big picture? Let us know here and in the other soccer chat rooms and blogs.

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