• Chelsea’s Key Cast Members In 2016/17

    March 9th, 2017 The story of the Chelsea season so far largely gets written through the prism of Antonio Conte. However, we should also take a look at some his chief characters whose own efforts best represent the work done by the entire team. If Chelsea do win the title, they will have needed some... ...

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  • Might Sir Alex Ferguson Have Built His Fourth Great Manchester United Team Had He Stayed?

    March 17th, 2017 In Sir Alex Ferguson's last ever programme notes as Manchester United manager, he wrote: "It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so. The quality of this league-winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one." ...

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  • What Is Wojciech Szczesny’s Arsenal Future?

    March 16th, 2017 When Arsenal signed Petr Cech from Chelsea in 2015, it seemed that their goalkeeping situation was sorted for the next four or five years. The 34-year-old came into the club having just won his fourth Premier League title (albeit as second choice to Thibaut Courtois), alongside the four FA Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League trophy already sitting in his accomplished trophy cabinet. Cech would bring experience and leadership to the dressing room, but more importantly, a winning mentality that would gradually propel the club to its former heights after back to back cup victories. ...

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  • Rob Holding Has Enjoyed A Good Arsenal Start, Nothing More

    Having come through a difficult period in the last few months, Arsenal fans are keen to grab onto positives as and when they arrive. Reaching an FA Cup final is one of them, obviously, as is the recent tactical change implemented by Arsene Wenger. For many the Frenchman was utterly inflexible in that regard, wedded to a back four, so the use of a back three has been a pleasant surprise. ...

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  • An Evolution, Not An Overhaul: Why Valverde Would Be The Tweaker Arsenal Need

    “You're going to be a f**ing legend at Athletic,” Ernesto Valverde was told by an English friend of his. Now, having brought European football to Bilbao in each of his first three seasons at the club – including a rare Champions League appearance – and with another Europa League berth within reach this campaign, Valverde well and truly is a legend around the Basque city and he is respected far beyond it too. ...

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