Never does the football media’s demand for sweeping statements leave it more open to subsequent ridicule than in the early weeks of the new campaign.
The beginning of 2015/16 is already proving little different, with single results afforded extraordinary significance in their relation to the conjecture-based narratives that have passed for pre-season column inches.
News.bwin.com have picked out a quartet of the most extravagant overreactions to the weekend’s action.
Arsenal are in desperate need of a world class striker
The idea that losing to West Ham somehow reaffirms the Gunners’ need to sign Karim Benzema from Real Madrid is laughable.
Why would an entire team, from goalkeeper to centre-forward, having a bad day at the office pull focus on Olivier Giroud’s deficiencies?
Their leading goalscorer of last season Alexis Sanchez wasn’t even in the starting line-up.
Liverpool have avenged last season’s 6-1 hammering by Stoke
The analysts were apparently satisfied that Brendan Rodgers had avenged the Britannia Stadium annihilation with which the Reds bade Steven Gerrard a final forlorn farewell.
Jordan Henderson even seemed to concur in the post-match interview.
Yet the extent to which a barely-deserved win by the slenderest of margins can really avenge such a violation is debatable, especially given the Anfield side have invested over £60m more than their opponents on players this summer.
Putting Sunderland to the sword means Leicester will be ok this season
The appointment of Claudio Ranieri, fresh from a disastrous spell in charge of Greece, had the bookies slashing away at the Foxes relegation odds.
Now they sit top of the nascent table after beating a woeful Sunderland side and they’ve been eased to 7/2 for the drop.
Quite how letting a 3-0 lead slip to 4-2 against one of the worst sides in the division (having one of their occasional defensive off days) can provide that much reassurance is anyone’s guess.
Norwich were unlucky to lose against Crystal Palace
The Canaries were left with nothing to show for an industrious performance on their return to the top flight, with the disallowing of a perfectly good Cameron Jerome goal the focus of their disappointment.
However, no side that defends like Norwich did at Carrow Road has any right to feel themselves victims of the headless turnings of Fortuna’s wheel .
For all three Palace goals the scorers in question found themselves completely unmarked.