Were on our soapbox with some brief thoughts from the last few days:

So Pep Guardiola hasn’t won for 4 matches, I assume that he’ll be receiving the same kind of press Jose Mourinho received when he lost 3 in a row.

It’s far from a crises at City, but one imagines that the challenge he is facing is now dawning on him.

Claudio Bravo might be good with his feet, but he needs to be better with his brain.

Leo Messi didn’t even break a sweat during the Man City game, and he bagged a hattrick. His talent is phenomenal.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah signing a new contract at Manchester United, is a great move. The lad is a special player, and can have a long career at United.

Claudio Ranieri’s strategy of succeeding in the Champions League at the expense of the Premiership, could end up blowing up in his face.

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Tottenham are doing the opposite, although they are clearly trying to do well in the Champions League. It’s a tough ask for any side to do well in both.

Mesut Ozil is a fantastic player, his hattrick in the Champions League showed that. He often doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Will surely get the new bumper contract that’s being discussed. If Arsenal are to win trophies they need to hold on to players like Ozil.

Arsenal are looking like a serious threat this season. Whilst I know we have seen it all before and wait for the March time dissipation, there is something about this squad that feels a bit sturdier than recent squads.

Southampton’s trip to the San Siro tonight, is a tribute to the journey they’ve been on over the last 5 years. I hope they go there to win. A team that has seen good squads ripped up and poached by bigger clubs, along with their managers, the reliance of the club is astounding.

Sam Allardyce will be back in a Premier League dugout sooner rather than later, his ability to keep clubs up is something teams can’t ignore. Rumours a return to Sunderland beckons.

Stoke will be out of the bottom 3 by the end of the month. Beating Sunderland was the start of an upward trajectory for them.

Sunderland are doomed, playing West Ham this weekend will only compound this. How much longer will David Moyes get?

Slaven Bilic will get it right at West Ham, he’s a very good manager, and should be afforded the time to get it right.

Steve Bruce’s appointment at Aston Villa is a shrewd one. He knows how to get out of the Championship, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them in the play-offs at the end of the season.

The new Anfield is mighty impressive, the expansion of the ground has really added to the ground’s look. But I wonder why Sky are putting in a camera that reminds me of FIFA ‘96

The Premier Leaguer is looking as close as ever. 3 weeks ago Man City were seen as run-away leaders but now only 5 points separates the top 7.