2. Arsenal’s problems don’t begin and end with William Gallas. Arsene Wenger seems to have adopted a very self-indulgent approach to management in recent times. January will be the time for him to swallow his pride and spend the money that every man and his dog knows is available on a quality centre-back and an experienced, combative midfielder.
3. We all know Man Yoo favour a late charge after Christmas, but Fergie will be disappointed that his side failed to take advantage of all their rivals dropping points.
4. Joe Kinnear might earn unexpected favour among the Newcastle faithful if he continues to take points from the big boys.
5. Sometimes ugly is more effective. In the Championship last season, West Brom played like Brazil and Stoke played like Bolton. I guess that is why Brazil aren’t in the Premier League.
6. It’s fantastic to receive acclaim from the game’s top coaches, players and pundits, but you know you have really made it big when Shola Ameobi sings your praises.
7. Cheeky Robin Van Persie did his best to get Arsenal back in contention. Unfortunately his goalscoring technique would see football become a big game of volleyball if it became more widespread.
8. Harry’s Tottenham revolution is back on track with a useful three points against Blackburn.
9. Robbie Keane should be presented with a golden Head-in-hands trophy for services to missed sitters.
10. Sunderland fans have had a great time poking fun at Newcastle this season, but after their recent run of form they must be getting a bit worried. The Black Cats are now just one place above their north-east rivals.