According to Luis Nani, Arsenal are not capable of winning the Premier League this season.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has reacted to this premature comment with sarcasm by suggesting that Manchester United's Portuguese winger must be more intelligent than he to arrive at such a conclusion, adding ''We live in a society where everybody knows everything''.
And he will be hoping that in-form midfielder Samir Nasri (pictured) can engineer an important victory over Chelsea—the only team threatening to dethrone the Red Devils—on Monday night.
Wenger's recent record against Chelsea is unimpressive, but the Frenchman rightly points out that records are history and he will want to avoid being dragged into a war of words, instead letting his team's actions do the speaking.
In the weekend's first match (Sunday, 0700 EST) just down the road from Stamford Bridge, Fulham manager Mark Hughes will be under pressure to secure victory over bottom-of-the-league West Ham United. Hammers manager Avram Grant certainly knows a thing or two about pressure; he recently received an ultimatum from the board of directors stating that they would replace him if he did not win at least one of the three upcoming matches. One down, two to go!
The other match I will focus on is an encounter between two clubs whose good form on the pitch has been overshadowed all season by ridiculous events away from matchday: Manchester City and Newcastle United.
The other fixtures this weekend are:
Blackburn Rovers v Stoke
Blackpool v Liverpool
Bolton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion
Everton v Birmingham City
Manchester United v Sunderland
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Wigan
Sunday, 1230 EST:
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
So to the pick of the matches: what is the team news, who are the key players, what will happen?