Priorities of mid-table Premier clubs off the wall
An annoyingly strong West Ham performance at the Emirates on Sunday ruined the premise for this piece. I had planned to write about the futility of getting purposely knocked out of the Europa League.
They were meant to get hammered. My point should have been proven. Then Arsenal went and had an Arsenal game. I'm sticking to my guns on this one, though.
Ultimately, the team now managed by Slaven Bilic will probably finish between eighth and 14th in the Premier League - no matter what. They were entered in four competitions for the season and have thrown one of them away by putting out a second team last Thursday.