In recent years, the Premier League's rather bashful self-proclaimed title of 'best league in the world' seems to have transformed somewhat quietly into 'most competitive league in the world'. The change is a subtle one, but was inevitable as there are few who can now make a convincing case to suggest that the world's strongest club sides currently come from England...
The Premier League is the greatest league in the world. We hear it week in, week out and considering the number of top players that arrive every year, it's hard to argue differently. Despite this, is the Premier League good value for money when it comes to paying to see your team?
The development of the Premier League into a massive international brand means that there are astronomical amounts of money to be made. Unfortunately, those who own football clubs are usually out to make a quick buck and in many cases do not possess the know-how to run a successful club...
He came, he saw, he conquered: Nemanja Vidic is about to face the exit sign at Old Trafford and here's my take on the great Serbian rock, who could've been even greater, as he's currently preparing for a new chapter dressed in black and blue in Milano.
There are a rapidly diminishing band of Cardiff City fans still supportive of the seemingly hapless and gaff prone Vincent Tan. Periodically, in the face of detailed critiques of Mr Tan's stewardship of the South Wales club's affairs, we still hear calls for objectivity from this small group of 'believers.' The billionaire knows best etc etc. But do they have a point?
Despite it being clear that Noble is a better-rounded midfielder than he gets credit for, without perhaps excelling specifically in one of these departments - he's effectively played himself into Hodgson's blind spot, in-between positions.
Appoint a winger and/or a striker armed with quick feet in front of a passing surgeon outfit with the likes of Özil, and Stoke will struggle any day of the week. This is what Arsenal failed to do and exactly why they need pacy front men to unlock defences like Stoke's.
A combination of Premier League experience and time is needed if a team are to beat the drop and the way things are going, the sides who have neither of these things are the ones who will struggle. That being said, experience can only come if a manager is given a chance...
Mourinho knows his Chelsea side can't go on scraping through 1-0 victories for much longer. His deliberate tactic to unsettle the opposition simply won't work; Pellegrini, Wenger and Rodgers are too mature and sophisticated to fall foul of his childish games.
Kevin Pietersen is just the latest casualty of a system which prizes orthodoxy above all else. Examples can be seen across the sporting spectrum in England (Danny Cipriani in Rugby Union, Pietersen and Jack Russell in cricket to name but a few), but football seems to take the biscuit for having the biggest homogenised mass of samey players.
Mezut Özil's performances against Bayern Munich and Liverpool have been condemned by many but is his form a tell-tale sign that Wenger's men are on the brink of seasonal implosion, leaving the wreckage of yet another 'what might have been' season to ponder.
Southampton, it can be argued, boast the best young left-back in the Premier League in Luke Shaw. The teenager has emerged as one of the finest in his position following Saints' return to England's top tier, making the starting spot in the XI his own after the south coast side failed to secure the signature of Alexander Büttner last summer.
Despite the fact that there is increased uncertainty over which side will be top of the Premier League pile after 38 games have been played, an almost unanimous favourite has emerged - Manchester City. The reasons for this are clear...
If you're not a United supporter, then it really is a blessing in disguise. United's previous dominance in the league has pretty much all but disappeared and the 'epic' draw against Fulham has seen them possibly losing out on a Champions League place and that all important top four finish.
The facts, as far as many Cardiff City fans and onlookers are concerned, are that Mackay did a pretty remarkable job in his time at the club. On a shoestring budget there was a League Cup final and the play-off's in his first season.
Wenger is one of the best managers ever. To question his position at Arsenal is laughable. But even the best make mistakes sometime. I just hope for his and Arsenal's sake, the decision not to significantly strengthen the squad this January isn't one of them.