• Olivier Giroud: Nobody Comes Close To Arsenal’s Heroic Frenchman

    It’s often said that cockroaches would be the only living species to survive extreme nuclear fallout. Their simple bodies and slower cell cycles resist radiation, which is fatal towards beings with more active biological sequences. Olivier Giroud has the opposite of what could be considered a ‘simple body’, and while I don’t have his exact anatomical figures to hand, it’s unlikely he’d survive extreme nuclear fallout. But no matter what is thrown at him, whatever alternatives are tried, the Frenchman keeps clawing his way back to score goals and rescue his team-mates with regularity. Arsenal’s very own cockroach. ...

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  • Ander Herrera Truly Embodies Manchester United’s Lost Spirit

    ARCHIVE: On November 29th, 2016, Joe Devine wrote the below on Ander Herrera and how he represents the lost spirit of Manchester United. Such a vital player for the Red Devils last season, Herrera has found himself relegated to a bit part squad player this season. Ghosts of Turin, ’99. ‘Captain Sociopath’ Roy Keane thrust the No. 16 shirt into the hearts of minds of the hapless men, dewy-eyed at mention of his heroics. A performance bulging with symbolism; stuffed like a pepper at a vegetarian barbeque. At 2-0 down, Roy led from the middle, his transient calm somewhat paradoxically paired with his animalistic fury. Keane dragged Manchester United into the Champions League final that night, steps away from the famous treble win. Ander Herrera has dragged Manchester United to four home winless games on the trot, yet his performances, and his vitality, echo that of Keane. ...

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  • Chelsea’s Charly Musonda Has All The Ingredients Of A Great

    ARCHIVE: On March 14th, 2016, Seb Stafford Bloor wrote the below on how Chelsea's Charly Musonda has all the potential to become a great. With his performance in the Carabao Cup this week, he is well on the way to making an impact on this Chelsea side.

    Charly Musonda's father was a professional footballer and within that lies a reminder of how tenuous life can sometimes be.

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  • What Happens When Lionel Messi Is Gone?

    One of the conveniences of a non-uniform European football calendar is that league cup indifference can sometimes be interrupted by a bigger fixture from abroad. And so it was on Tuesday night, as Barcelona's game with Eibar appeared shortly after Leicester's reserves had finished beating Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.To Camp Nou we went, then, and within forty-five minutes we'd seen Lionel Messi score another hat-trick and then, because he could, knife through the visiting defence once more to add a fourth.  ...

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