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Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the week in review! Its a bumper week this week with extra Champions League goodness.

We’re going to start with one of the three English teams to be defeated in their opening game, the mighty Arsenal. This is a tweet from Squawka Football, which is not a comedy site. They did not create this image as a joke, to ever so slightly poke fun at the Gunners. This is genuine…

This was only part of the problem for Arsenal. Not only did their defensive midfielder not make a tackle for his entire time on the field but Olivier Giroud and his glorious hair received his marching orders before half time making a difficult task of coming from a goal down even more difficult. Wenger received criticism from the RTE Panel and most notably from Mister Michael John Giles for his decision to sacrifice a left back in an attempt to recover the situation in the second half. As with 100% of decisions that managers make, this decision and whether it was right or wrong rests on whether it turns out to be successful. In this situation if Arsenal had gotten a draw, they would have received the plaudits for going for it and the bravery in doing so, but such as it is, they conceded a second goal and lost. Despite this, we applaud you for that decision Mr Wenger, not for very much else though we must add. Hey Mesut Ozil! Do something already!

Arsenal have proven themselves over time to be nothing if not predictable. Fair enough, this season above all previous seasons in this decade, more was expected of them. A title challenge perhaps? But they have almost reverted back to the Arsenal we all know and are amazingly frustrated by. They will still qualify from this group. They will finish second behind Bayern Munich. They will get a European Powerhouse in the second round. They will lose. They will finish 3rd or 4th. Rinse and repeat. Oy…

What the defeat does do is change the dynamic of Saturdays clash with Chelsea. If there had been no midweek football this week, both teams build up would be much different in terms of narrative. Chelsea reeling from their worst start in the history of recorded medicine and Arsenal coming off the back of a relatively straight forward drama free victory over Stoke. Now, Chelsea have won, scored some goals, much less pressure on them, Arsenal now have all the pressure heaped back on them and the cataloge of complaints against Wenger start reappearing.

Who else played this week?…

Luke Shaw had arguably been Manchester United’s best player so far this season so his devastating injury is as serious for United as it is for him personally. Can anyone explain to us why Dailey Blind was moved from CB to LB? No? Fair enough… The reaction from the general public and from the football world to Shaws injury was heartwarming…but this made us laugh…

The sentiment is genuine and heartfelt but…Jay Rodriguez tweets from his @Jayrodriguez9 handle, with himself as his profile pic and still signs off Jay? Does that seem bizarre to anyone else? No? Ok…moving on…

The United Performance was actually not that bad. They did essentially what they’ve been doing all season, boat loads of possession except that they actually created some chances on the night. PSV were not great opposition and United should be winning games like this but in the over all scheme of things it shouldnt prove too costly, this seems like the kind of group where everyone is going to take points off each other and if United stick to the tried and trusted Champions League formula of winning all three home games and taking some points away from home they should qualify.

This is interesting news…does the Sky Sports Totalizer have a subtraction button?

Moving on from United…

There is no shame at all in losing to last years beaten finalists…but still…this seems accurate…

Chelsea defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv and both of their Tal Ben Haim’s. They must have gotten a new I.T. guy! I hope Jose was happier with the victory than he was with this…

Prepare to want to be a supporter of KAA Gent…Is this not the greatest tweet from an official team twitter feed? Aren’t we all BUFFALO?

When we were watching the best teams in Europe fighting it out this week we did see some great goals…but none were better than this…I believe the phrase is “Take a bow son”…or is it “Dare to Zlatan?” Nah it should be “Dare to Kilduff”

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