Unsurprisingly, the first segment of the show relived Arsenal’s defeat of Manchester United on Saturday. Rob Beasley (NOTW) found himself feeling like he was in a time-warp, arguing that yesterday’s match offering little in the tactical department being closer to a school-yard game of football. Joe Lovejoy (Sunday Times) felt the match showed that Manchester United are not “irresistible.”
Local Newcastle journalist Alan Oliver was drafted in to discuss the latest goings on at the Toon. The scribe listed all the rumours linking various organisations with purchasing the Magpies, before concluding that in his mind any deal is still a way off happening. Oliver admitted though that despite believing Joe Kinnear was originally the wrong appointment, the Irishman has since turned around opinion on Tyneside. The panel then discussed whether Mike Ashely could ever return to the club (the consensus was ‘no’), with the talking heads acknowledging that three points at Fulham today would send Newcastle ninth.
In the final segment, the panel agreed that despite Liverpool’s start and Arsenal and Manchester United performance at the Emirates, Chelsea remain the team to beat in the Premier League. Rob Beasley argued that Chelsea (John Obi Mikel and Deco in particular) need to raise their games. Joe Lovejoy said he prefers Chelsea under Scolari then they used to play under Mourinho, while Alan Oliver pointed to the Blues’ result at the Riverside to highlight the strength at Chelsea.