The Lars Word: Arsenal’s wastefulness with captains, how Wags view Sunderland’s shops

Lars Knutsen: our own Nordic Mackem

One last look at a game the mighty Untold Arsenal website* called Arsenal v Sunderbus, though you can also see what Monsieur Salut made of it at the new FC Network feature on the ESPN site A recently recruited addition to the Salut! Sunderland team, Lars Knutsen, exiled in the USA, takes encouragement from the draw, wonders whether Wenger has lost it and appeals to footballers’ wives – while somehow keeping an entirely straight face – to give the Bridges centre a chance …

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The Lars Word: the Bendtner enigma, Seb/Sess class, Croatian dream

Lars Knutsen: degrees of wisdom

Salut! Sunderland is famous for the braininess of its, well, brainier writers – Monsieur Salut is excluded on account of his dunce-like schooldays – and is delighted to present another example. Lars Knutsen, like others familiar to this site, is a Mackem in exile, West Chester, Pennsylvania to be precise, and there he applies his impressive background in chemistry as president of his own company* specialising in preclinical drugs. What about the chemistry of football, and Sunderland in particular? Lars has interesting views – reproduced from his ESPN blog** – on what went right, and what ended up wrong last season, and what to hope for now that 2012-2013 looms …

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