Blizzards, bursting bubbles & barmy Benitez
The snowman scarf count in Shepperton this week is Chelsea 3 Arsenal 1.
Meanwhile, away from Blizzard Britain, football continues to suggest that it is full of, to paraphrase the classic ElvisÃ¢ÂÂ gospel song Run On, long tongued liars, ramblers, gamblers and back biters. Red divide
Explaining why he sold Robbie Keane, Rafa Benitez said: Ã¢ÂÂWe still have [Ryan] Babel, [David] Ngog and Dirk Kuyt as well as Torres. It is a risk but the situation was not good and we needed to do something.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¨
Here are the stats on the strikers supporting Torres:Ã¢ÂÂ¨
Ryan Babel: 76 games, 13 goals, 0.17 goals a game.Ã¢ÂÂ¨
David Ngog: 9 games, 1 goal, 0.11 goals a game.
Ã¢ÂÂ¨Dirk Kuyt: 128 games, 32 goals, 0.25 goals a game.Ã¢ÂÂ¨
Luckily, TorresÃ¢ÂÂs stats are: 68 games, 41 goals, 0.60 goals a game.
Who needs Robbie Keane when you've got David Ngog
Compare this to Manchester UnitedÃ¢ÂÂs firepower.:
Dimitar Berbatov: 25 games, 11 goals, 0.44 goals a game.
Ã¢ÂÂ¨Cristiano Ronaldo: 271 games, 106 goals, 0.39 goals a game.
Wayne Rooney: 218 games, 89 goals, 0.41 goals a game.
Carlos Tevez: 80 games, 29 goals, 0.36 goals a game.Most tedious metaphor of the week
DonÃ¢ÂÂt know if you caught Mihir BoseÃ¢ÂÂs report on BBCÃ¢ÂÂs 10 oÃ¢ÂÂclock news about the Premier League's bubble bursting.To save you searching for it online, here is the item in a nutshell.Ã¢ÂÂ¨Ã¢ÂÂ¨
1. The Premier LeagueÃ¢ÂÂs bubble may be about to burst.Ã¢ÂÂ¨
2. Quite a few Premier League clubs are effectively up for sale.Ã¢ÂÂ¨
3. See point 1.Ã¢ÂÂ¨Ã¢ÂÂ¨
That was it.
And what graphic device did they use to illustrate the point that the Premier LeagueÃ¢ÂÂs financial bubble may be about to burst?
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs right. A bubble. Presumably the BBC think us incapable of understanding the point about financial bubbles bursting unless we are constantly looking at bubbles. Big ones, cuddly ones, like the bubbles we blew as kids. Ã¢ÂÂ¨
Look out! It's going to blow...
The device might have been vaguely witty if theyÃ¢ÂÂd shown West Ham in a bubble. Instead, Fulham were cocooned in one as gentlemanly Roy Hodgson tactfully did his best to make the story seem half valid.
It was an odd item to run on the day the Premier League announced it looked set for another record TV deal, a daft whim.Presumably the bubbles came from the same graphic whiz who decided, at the height of Olympics fever, that we couldnÃ¢ÂÂt understand a story on BritainÃ¢ÂÂs economy without our performance being rated gold, medal or bronze.
(Obviously, we now know, thanks to the IMF, that if economic performance were an Olympic event, Great Britain wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt get out of the heats).I canÃ¢ÂÂt wait for MihirÃ¢ÂÂs next report. His searching expose of the difficulties facing Fabio CapelloÃ¢ÂÂs England will be presented, in its entirety, from a cage at Whipsnade Zoo occupied by three lions. Hey, we can all dream canÃ¢ÂÂt we?Backhanded compliment of the week
Arsenal nut Christian SkindballeÃ¢ÂÂs defence of Nikolas Bendtner, quoted in ArsenalÃ¢ÂÂs official newsletter would be a bit more rousing if it didnÃ¢ÂÂt include this sentence:
Ã¢ÂÂPeople need to remember you donÃÂ´t have to like the person to appreciate the talent and contribution.Ã¢ÂÂ
Gamble of the week
Andrei ArshavinÃ¢ÂÂs arrival at Arsenal had me wondering: has any Russian footballer ever really done the business when playing for a foreign club?
Arshavin: Will he break the mould of Russians flopping abroad?
When Rangers bought Oleg Salenko, joint Golden Boot winner at USA '94, the Russian striker did more shooting mucking around in Paul GascoigneÃ¢ÂÂs garden than he did on the pitch.
Midfield schemer Aleskandr Mostovoi was so popular at Celta Vigo the fans dubbed him Ã¢ÂÂThe Tsar of Balaidos.Ã¢ÂÂ
CanÃ¢ÂÂt think of too many other Russian stars in exile but feel free to suggest a few. I hope Arshavin is the catalyst Arsenal needs because the Premier League is poorer without the Gunners on song. This season has Ã¢ÂÂ thanks to Manchester CityÃ¢ÂÂs massive good fortune Ã¢ÂÂ been more exciting on the back pages than on the pitch.