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Written on 2 Oct 2014 | One Comment

On the day after Arsene Wenger’s 18th anniversary as Arsenal manager, I have begun to explore into past and present of the Frenchman’s love affair with the north London giants. 1996, the premiership era still in it’s early stages. A new league system in which would ultimately transformed the English League into the most watched league on the planet. A French idealist swaggered through Highbury’s doors, full of new ideas with a clear path on what he wanted from this underachieving club.
Wenger led Arsenal to new heights. 9 Seasons of …

Written on 2 Oct 2014 | No Comments

For Liverpool parallels to the 09/10 season are all too galling. For Suarez read Xavi Alonso, the player of last year who has departed. Like then they finished second above Chelsea the year before, and Chelsea rather than they made the changes that propelled them to title favourites of the following year.
What makes this the most testing time of Rodger’s Liverpool career is that he has to motivate a team with diminished expectations. Only six games into the League, there is an unbearable sense that they will not be as …

Written on 29 Sep 2014 | No Comments

What started off with an air of optimism to the new season, with the arrival of 9 new signings during the summer, including the likes of De Jong, Cabella and Rivieire, has turned into an all familiar debacle at St James’ Park.
Although defeated by the champions in our first game, we still left in high spirits following what was a promising performance, which seen the men in black and white dominate for large periods of the game, only to be outdone by 2 goals from the Manchester City counter attack.
A …

Written on 29 Sep 2014 | One Comment

As a disgruntled Wayne Rooney left the Old Trafford field 14 minutes into the second half, after an upbeat dynamic first half from both Rooney himself but also his ‘Galactico’ teammates. Rooney’s rash challenge of course hit the headlines and took the shine away from an important home victory, in which resulted in the England and Manchester United captain receiving a straight red which could of cost his team dearly. That few seconds of madness has opened up the same old questions regarding the temperate of Rooney. Yes, it might of …

Written on 28 Sep 2014 | 3 Comments

Mario  Balotelli is not someone to hide and keep quiet and attracts controversy whether he is playing in Serie A or in the Premier League. His latest assessment of Man United’s defeat to Leicester City causing a stir with the striker commenting : “Man utd…LOL” on Twitter. The sort of stunt that would of caused most managers to look elsewhere for a top quality centre forward  has persuaded Brendan Rogers to take a punt on the 16 million pound man.  Rodgers has claimed that he has always taking chances with difficult …

Written on 23 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments

Manchester United is experiencing a testing period at present, with results slipping on the pitch and recent financial figures showing a worrying drop in profits. Somehow – and surprisingly – this has not deterred brands from buying into United’s global appeal with income from sponsorship is up 49% in the latest fiscal year.
The club’s playing issues are numerous, including a disappointing seventh place finish last season, the sacking of David Moyes and the frustration of missing out on Champions League football for the first time in two decades. These have …

Written on 21 Sep 2014 | No Comments

Lets face it, Chelsea have not had any problems this season in the goals department scoring 6 at Everton, 4 against Swansea and 3 at Burnley. This flurry of goals by Chelsea has of course been largely down to the signing of Diego Costa who at £32 million looks like one of the best signings in the history of the club.
However against Schalke on wednesday night Jose Mourinho made a mistake in starting Drogba. Mourinho did need to rest Costa, who has seemed to have an injury scare before …

Written on 21 Sep 2014 | No Comments

The problem with grand footballing plans is that they very rarely succeed without putting two vital components in place: a  visionary manager or coach with the ability to create or change tactics in order to win games and a collection of players with the wit, talent and genius to interpret what the management team requires of them.
Brendan Rodgers’ ambitious plans for Liverpool are  a prime case in point. Last season’s second place finish in the Premier League should have acted as a catalyst to go on and make a prolonged challenge during …

Written on 17 Sep 2014 | No Comments

It may seem strange, and outrageously ungrateful, that Arsenal fans are ready to turn on manager Arsène Wenger not four months after he ended the clubs nine year trophy drought by delivering the FA Cup in May followed by the Community Shield after victory over champions Manchester City in August. The club remain unbeaten in the league and have lost just once, last night against Borussia Dortmund, in all competitions this season. Yet there is something more than simple disaffection at the first defeat of the season brewing in N5. …

Written on 14 Sep 2014 | No Comments

Last Monday evening, prior to kick-off between England and Switzerland at St. Jacob Park in Basel, it was fair to say that expectations for the forthcoming Euro 2016 campaign – least yet the match about to be played – were bleak. So bleak that an England side once feared by most footballing nations were widely believed to be ever-likely to play for a draw. A draw, with few even considering that manager Roy Hodgson would field a bold, dangerous and attacking line-up.
Instead, we saw old ‘Woy’ field several young stars …