The FA Cup is a stranger beast than normal this year - in most cases, a semi-final line up where only one of the five is counted among the traditional big boys, and a quarter-final where both Arsenal and Chelsea were comprehensively beaten, would make for a major shock that would be talked about for days.
The tragedy of children forced from their homes by war and the wealth and vast fame of a Premier League club may not have much in common. But Arsenal say they hope this project will help children in the worst of circumstances experience the joy of football.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report on the use of force by police could have been headed "Ours is the Most Restrained Police Service in the World And Will Strive to Improve Still Further." Of course they didn't; instead we saw the IPCC attempting to justify their beleaguered existence and ingratiate itself with a public who, like front line police officers, distrusts them. The result; a morale damaging report on the police use of force.
It makes sense to reduce the Prem down to 18, or even 16 teams. It would mean the TV and prize money can be shared between fewer candidates and therefore mean more dosh in the pockets - if that doesn't swing the chief executives I don't know what will.
No wins in November. One win in January, before a run of four games without tasting triumph. The team have been shooting themselves in the foot for so long that any slip-up really does look like it rips the heart out of the side. It just screams 'here we go again'. How can anyone believe Arsenal can win the Premier League if they don't seem to truly believe it themselves?
With plans possibly afoot to kill off FA Cup replays and play games midweek in order to increase English chances in Europe and in international tournaments, we should enjoy the cup in its current form. Although looking ahead, I'm not seeing too many possible shocks.
There will be a void of character and admiration at Stamford Bridge this summer. The most successful captain in Chelsea's history will leave the club and affectively close an incredible chapter in the club's history.
He's been linked with the Gunners for a while now but it looks like FC Basel's Mohamed Elneny is going to be an Arsenal player sooner or later.
How are we supposed to know it's Christmas if the air isn't thick with the cries and wails of Arsenal fans cursing Arsene Wenger's transfer policy, their injury issues and lack of a goalscoring striker? It's inconsiderate, frankly. You can't get into the Christmas spirit unless you know there are Arsenal fans out there drowning their sorrows in Christmas spirits.
Last season, Arsenal were good for long periods without ever fully hitting top gear and challenging Chelsea. This time round though, Wenger is nicely perched at the top of the table, level on points with City, while his arch-nemesis Jose Mourinho is wallowing in the depths of footballing despair, a familiar foe walking on dangerously thin ice...
Whatever happens next, wherever he goes, whatever he does, Emmanuel Adebayor deserves respect. To have gone through his career, with detractors and personal issues at every step and still have made a success of it? He might just be one of the strongest people in English football, and it's time to start treating him like it.
Maybe a few years ago, this would have been a squad that was only capable of breaking the top four, but at a time that Manchester City are in transition and a time when Chelsea's squad looks surprisingly thin beyond their stellar first XI, maybe it is finally Arsenal's time to have another crack at the Premier League title.
Excitement has rarely been higher ahead of the big August kick-off and people are already trying to identify who will fly and who flop in 2015/16. But what about those individuals who may surprise you?
As the money creeps further into the game, albeit slowly, is that increasing the pressure, which increases the intensity, which increases the likelihood of players losing their heads in the heat of the moment?
Sometimes individuals vastly underachieve, but others will clear the bar that has been set for them, occasionally surprisingly so. Here's a look at six Premier League signings in 2014/15 that have far exceeded what was expected of them in their debut season with a new club.
It looks absolutely certain that Falcao will not be making his loan spell permanent in the summer, but if he does leave, there will be a sense of embitterment that could have been easily avoided.