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I think I've finally worked out this new forum thingy - but you have to be a NASA space shuttle pilot to understand it immediately.

Another good season in 7046 well underway, with some outstanding performances by promoted sides, particularly Sheff United who were the best team in Div 2 last season and now vying for the Title in Div 1.

Division 2 will also be a good contest with some decent sides in contention.

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One season on: observations since manager Glory Days arrival at Arsenal

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Reflective: Arsenal manager Glory Days has had a positive effect on the Gunners

Its been approximately one season since the arrival of Australian manager Glory Days to the North London club. Arsenal sits comfortably in eight place with 26 points and is in prime position to push to the top with only a four point gap separating the Gunners and league leader Preston North End. Some observations since the arrival of manager Glory Days:

Financial stability forces frugal spending

An interesting development is Arsenals spending compared to last season. Last season, the North London sanctioned lavish purchases such as Ukrainian central defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy for 15 million pounds and Togolese utility player Alaixys Romao for 7.5 million pounds however this season, the largest sum spent on a player was 6.5 million on Algerian striker Islam Slimani.

While some may consider a lack of large transfer expenditure as a lack of ambition, others will look at it as a patient and careful approach and necessary in an era of financial responsibility. Arsenal has a solid squad with a plethora of talent however Glory Days will not spend unless the right player is made available as Rakitskiy and Romao have demonstrated. A change in policy may come if they return to the Premier League however for the time being a sensible and sustainable model is necessary.

Youth is the way forward

Since the appointment of manager Glory Days, he has had a clear ambit: give youth a chance. One of the major criticisms levelled at North London was their overreliance on older players with no youth products or young prospects given an opportunity to shine at the North London club however manager Glory Days changed that. First, the Australian manager bought youth to bolster the youth team with the hopes of developing into first team contributor then he proceeded to give promising youngsters Pedro Obiang and Jordan Ferri a chance to prosper in the first team however their selections were picked on good recent form rather than obligation. They have emerged as real talents and have contributed immediately with a combined nine goals and five assists, with only sixteen league matches gone; there isnt any reason why the talented duo cant add to that tally.

Arsenal has considerable squad options

The Arsenal squad has undergone a myriad of changes however a noticeable difference is the considerable depth of the squad. There are two players for every position and the depth has provided a crucial part in their extended run in both competitions while maintaining momentum in the league.

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DAVE AND NICKS DIVISION 3

PREDICTIONS

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DAVE AND NICK

9c96051e3fdefbcea7_m_298f2.jpg The unsettling Madame Cara Writes..With just three games left until the halfway point of whats shaping up to be another enthralling season in the bear pit that is of course Division three, its time to shuffle the tarot cards, dust off the crystal ball, and take a peek into the future to see whats what with this weekends games. And who better to say some sooth's, than renown Millwall mystics Dave ' the oracle' Cusack and Nick ' you better mark my words' Chatterton.

Match of the day

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Dave says....Against a tough Reading outfit this is an important fixture for the visitors. Coming to the game on a fine 8 match unbeaten league run and on the back of an uncompromising 3-0 destruction of Coventry, the signs are that Norwich will certainly be in the running for another play-off appearance if not challenging for the title. Whilst very much a work in progress, 66 year old manager Fred Rutts has built a well balanced and youthful squad around a dominating central midfield trio of Chantome, Ilicic and captain Fabian Frei which once securing the middle of the park provide ample distribution for top scorer Ibrhamia Traore and veteran front man Sergio Garcia. With a full squad at his disposal I can see only one result here.

Dave reckons...Reading 1 Norwich City 4

Nick says...Well I don't know what crystal ball you’re looking at Dave but it clearly needs re-tuning. Whilst not doubting the pedigree of Norwich lets not write of Reading so quickly here. Manager Martin Paul is no mug and his team will be buoyed by last weeks super 2-1 away win at title chasing Southend. Clearly Readings problem this season lies at home losing 5 and winning just 2 games out of 8 but with no injuries and sporting similar tactics to Norwich the game looks a lot closer to me. I think the visitors will knick it but only just.

Nick reckons....Reading 0 Norwich 1

Dave says...

Peterborough United v Colchester United...Expect new man Alf Peregrine to set his stall out for a draw here and he'll get it in a dour 1-1

Bournemouth v Yeovil ...Injury ravaged Bournemouth to miss out here in a 2-1 home defeat

Chesterfield v Doncaster Rovers...Second placed Chesterfield to confirm their title credentials with an easy 3-0 destruction of bottom placed Rovers.

Coventry v Birmingham...classy but managerless Birmingham are in free fall and are destined to miss out on the local bragging rights as the crash 2-1

Gillingham v Southend United. aka the armpit of Kent v the open sewer of Essex. Both clubs are doing well so it should be a lively 2-2

Nick says...

Rochdale v Brighton...Its all coming together at Brighton so expect a 2-1 Lancashire away day for Smuts lads.

Wolverhampton v Blackburn... The league leaders have far too much in their locker to be troubled by the struggling Wolves as they stay top after a 2-0 away win.

Plymouth Argyle v Crystal Palace.. Two 106 legends come head to head and with James's Plymouth on a decent run of late I expect them to upset Seans Palace in a surprise 1-0 win.

Barnsley v Wigan....With the hosts reasonable home record Wigan will struggle here in a 1-1 score draw.

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Apologies, Mr Longnose - your efforts deserve acknowledgment albeit 2 months late.

Nick Chatterton got it spot on, Reading 0 - 1 Norwich, and Delia's draw-specialists actually took the 3pts for a change.

As it stands, Norwich have just dropped out of the play-off spots with a record of W11 D17 L6.

Six losses out of thirty four games is decent but we've got to convert those D's to W's or it'll be another nearly-ran season.

Blackburn and Brighton look like they're in to the distance - well played them...

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