Today’s New Years Eve fixtures put the likes of ManYoo, Chelski and the Scum from the lane up against meagre opposition whilst we took on the determined, if not high-flying QPR.

I have absolutely no love for Steve Kean at all, I would be delighted if the bizarre little man gets the boot, but not today. The odious little man can have a weeks reprieve after stealing a 3:2 win at Old Trafford on old Red-face himself.

The day was to get better however, the ever-brave, inspiring Brendan Rodgers of Swansea took the Scum to a 1:1 draw and Alex McLeish took a vibrant, dynamic and adventurous Aston Villa to the Bridge. The pace of their attack tore Chelski apart and left Andre Villas Boas clueless and they crashed to a 3:1 loss.

Not content with watching 3 of the top 5 sides drop winnable points, Robin Van Persie banged in a well overdue finish after dominating QPR, a well earned win and a great goal for the best striker in the premier league. The cost of the win is harsh with the injury to Vermaelen who will be out for two to three weeks. Only time will tell how costly the injury will be.

Arsene has to be even more aggressive in his search for a full-back or two in the light of this blow and I understand he has already agreed one on loan, though it isn’t clear as yet who that is as he has negotiated with several.

On the more favourable news front, Henry’s return is confirmed with the FA Cup game against Leeds being the intended debut. Frimpong is off on loan to Wolves for much-needed premiership first-team action.

To be clear I am delighted Thierry is back, he is a winner, a professional, a hero and a legend. I look forward to watching him terrorise defenders once again.

WG