Arsenal are back. After 11 years without a Premier League title, the Gunners are finally in a position to challenge once more and return to the summit of English football. They're second in the table, the British press and television pundits are purring and it's only a matter of time before Arsene Wenger has his hands firmly on the trophy again, right? Wrong!
Fantasy football managers take many forms. There are those that go top heavy, goal-hungry obsessives - the Kevin Keegans. Then there are the managers that take the careful approach when building their fantasy football team. Beginning at the back with a well thought-out and solid defence - the Tony Pulis' of fantasy football management.
Eden Hazard has some serious improving to do - with both his performances and his attitude - even if he's to enter the conversation as one of the world's best players, and he's going to need to step things up if he's actually to be deemed worthy of stepping in to the shoes of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Spanish capital.
As an Anglo-Scot currently living in a Australia the results of the Rugby Union World Cup quarter finals doesn't surprise me. Granted Scotland should really have beaten Australia, which would have been a wonderful poke in the eye for the other Northern Hemisphere teams, but really an all Southern Hemisphere semi finals says a lot not just about rugby but the influence that wealth has on talent, organisations and societies.
It's not a "well, somebody has to go down, even if they don't really deserve it" situation either. There are an awful lot of mediocre teams in this division right now, and most of them are bordering on outright bad.
Rooney loves the big matches. But he's simply not delivering in them. And to boot, he's only scored four times in 18 appearances against his boyhood side. It's the time now to try something different, in order to get United's number ten back firing in the long-term.
Klopp outlined a target of winning the Premier League by 2019, suggesting he's been assured of having time to build a side with which to achieve it. In the unlikely event he does manage to pull it off, it will be far from how typically deluded fans are envisioning it.
Mourinho finds himself in perhaps his most testing time as a manager, but, more than ever, he needs his players to show exactly why they are champions and stop hiding from the cataclysmic disaster that is their current campaign.
Almost every single traditional reason to cover Sherwood could be applied better elsewhere. Villa have had bad results? Well, Sunderland are bottom of the table without a win. They spent a lot of money this summer? Let me just show you Liverpool's balance sheet this summer. He says wacky things in the press? You've clearly yet to be introduced to a man called Jose Mourinho...
This is largely the same side which has fallen short two seasons in a row now, and in the few years before then didn't come close at all. Arsenal may be contenders now, they may still be in February. But come May 2016, when it matters the most, will Arsenal really be in a position to challenge History suggests not.
With every passing season, it seems like peaks and troughs in form are played for more and more importance. A run of wins means that a team is on a charge to the title, but a single draw means that the run has ended, they've been found out, they'll be lucky to finish in the top four... You know the deal.
It is over the next three weeks that we can only begin to cast true judgement over this current United team's credentials as potential champions, and whether or not they can be a force in European football once again.
Considering the Champions League revenue the country's elite earn on an annual basis on top of their domestic pot, there's a big case to be made that English clubs should really be using their muscle to dominate European competition. To buy the best players, play the best football and sweep all before them.
Spurs fans would have been sweating over the future of Lloris too however, Daniel Levy managed to hold on to the French number one, which also feels like an enormous victory in itself. Lloris' unstoppable progression to becoming one of the world's greatest goalkeepers has not gone unnoticed, not least by United.
How does one best describe Arsenal's transfer policy - frugal, thrifty and economic? Or miserly, close-fisted and stingy? Opinions on the subject are closing in on the latter after Arsene Wenger's total summer signings numbered just one first team player - Petr Cech.
Oh dear, Liverpool. A season which started with cautious optimism has swiftly descended into #RodgersOut crowdfunding campaigns and Twitter rants and it looks like it's only getting worse as we move towards the end of September.