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    Arsenal Have The Worst Home Support in Football! How Can it be Fixed?

    Hi again, I’m a right miserable b*****d this week—writing this without the joy of coffee to make sure I really force home my disposition. I hate the Emirates Stadium. I hate the culture of the stadium, the attitude of the fans within it. I hate how it’s been allowed to happen. We have the worst home support I have ever witnessed. ...

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    Why John Terry Is Certain to Sign a New Deal With Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho says he "guarantees" John Terry will be a Chelsea player next year, while the Blues' captain is less sure—who do we believe? Tuesday morning brought a fresh load of headlines regarding the security of Terry's tenure at the club he has made his own over the last 17 years. This followed on from a heartfelt and passionate interview he gave post-match at Wembley on Sunday—the triumph of his League Cup performance there for all to see. Terry used emotive language, insisting he would have to hang up his boots, that he wouldn't play on until 40, that it was do or die at Chelsea for his career. The most interesting lines in that chat, to which I was party, centred around his need to get this deal done not just for himself, but for the future of his family. ...

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    No Toure, No Party for Manchester City

    Big-spending clubs rarely manage to find value for money in the transfer market, but Manchester City certainly did well when they secured Yaya Toure’s signature from Barcelona in July 2010. The Ivorian’s transfer cost The Citizens around £24 million, and he is up there with the best signings that Sheikh Mansour has bank-rolled during his time at the club. While at Barcelona, Toure occupied the sitting midfield role, now affectionately known as the "Sergio Busquets role." He was the tough tackler of the three in midfield, which allowed Xavi to dictate the play and Andres Iniesta to make his forward runs beyond the front three.  Unfortunately for Toure, Barcelona had the young Busquets waiting in the wings. The Catalan club’s loss was very much Manchester City’s gain. ...

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    Arsene Wenger’s Biggest Problem Is That Consistent Top-Four Premier League Finishes Have Become Boring

    As Monaco’s third goal hit the net at the Emirates Stadium, the Arsenal fans fell silent. And then it started again; a furtive whispering growing in to a clattering debate, as a discussion seemingly cast aside was hurriedly reopened: is Arsene Wenger the right manager for Arsenal? Questions over the manager’s position had gone through a rare lull in the preceding few months. Arsenal’s improving form, combined with a commendable reaction to the abhorrent scenes at Stoke train station, left Wenger in an unfamiliarly comfortable position. ...

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