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It is officially Fall now and it feels like the soccer season is kicking into gear. The standings are starting to shake out in the Premier League, with teams roughly in their expected tiers. (Other leagues that started later still have a week or two until they reach this stage.) Clubs have scrubbed off the rust after five weeks. And, Arsenal continues to boggle the mind.
First, it was Edu-Archer’sbow. Then it was Arsene’s trip into the stands. Now, we have another Gunner admitting to embellishing fouls. Robin Van Persie claims he does not dive, only embellishes contact when he thinks it warrants a call. Cunningly, he is against diving but for embellishing–a nice sleight of linguistic hand. “That’s not really diving. It’s just showing … ‘Come on, he just pushed me, so I can’t score now’” the striker said. That’s positively Clinton-esque.
The political double-speak does not just come from the players, it comes from the Gunner boardroom as well. Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill-Wood has come out to say that Arsenal has always been against the FA quota rule, even though it voted for it. Not quite Clintonian, but certainly Al Gorish.
Hill-Wood continues on showing the strong backbone of the club saying: “We voted in favour of the quotas because it appeared that is what the majority of the clubs wanted and we went along with it. We feel that we should support the majority, rather than rebel against them.” Way to stick to your principles and not just follow the lemmings over the edge.
What will it be this weekend for the spineless, diving, forked-tongue speaking North London boys?
After the jump, select matches from the Saturday slate of games.
7:45 ET Portsmouth v Everton
10:00 ET Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa
10:00 ET Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
10:00 ET Birmingham v Bolton Wanderers
10:00 ET Wigan Athletic v Chelsea
10:00 ET Stoke City v Manchester United
10:00 ET Liverpool v Hull City
12:30 ET Fulham v Arsenal
12:00 ET Athletic Bilbao VS Sevilla FC
12:00 ET Real Madrid VS Tenerife
14:00 ET Málaga VS Barcelona
16:00 ET Valencia VS Atlético Madrid
12:00 ET Sampdoria VS Internazionale
14:45 ET Livorno VS Fiorentina
9:30 ET FC Cologne VS Bayer Leverkusen
9:30 ET VfL Wolfsburg VS Hannover 96
9:30 ET Werder Bremen VS Mainz
9:30 ET Eintracht Frankfurt VS VfB Stuttgart
9:30 ET Borussia Dortmund VS Schalke 04
12:30 ET Hamburg SV VS Bayern Munich
13:00 ET AJ Auxerre VS Grenoble
13:00 ET Lorient VS Paris Saint-Germain
13:00 ET Valenciennes VS Marseille
13:00 ET AS Monaco VS St Etienne
13:00 ET Montpellier VS Boulogne
13:00 ET AS Nancy Lorraine VS Sochaux
15:00 ET Lyon VS Toulouse
The Other League One…
10:00 ET Gillingham v. Norwich City