• Chelsea Must Not Get Swept Up In Other People’s Drama

    Karl Marx once said “history repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce” but I don’t think he realised his quote would be pilfered for a discussion about the 2017/18 season. I’ve borrowed a bit of the former Soho resident’s thinking because of a seemingly endless problem with the analysis of English football. Progression into a world where I can watch the French, Italian, German and Spanish leagues all at the tap of my touchscreen phone is still not enough to stop history repeating. ...

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  • Arsenal’s Expiring Contracts May Force Wenger Out Of His Comfort Zone

    Arsene Wenger has been softening the ground for most of the summer. “When you are a football player you perform until the last days of your contract,” he said at the end of July, when asked about the various members of the Arsenal squad entering the final year of their current deals. “I think the performance on the day does not depend on the length of the contract. If that was true we would sign everyone for 20 years and be happy." ...

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  • Is Kyle Walker-Peters Really The New Kyle Walker?

    “What…?! Kyle Walker is evolving… Kyle Walker evolved into Kyle Walker-Peters!” From that Pokémon joke to the Spiderman---meets-Spiderman meme, everyone had something to say about the fact that Tottenham were able to slot Kyle Walker-Peters in at right-back against Newcastle last Sunday, just weeks after his near-namesake had departed for Manchester City. It was quite incredible and comparisons were quickly made between the two players, but just how similar are they? Is Kyle Walker-Peters really the new Kyle Walker? ...

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  • Nemanja Matic, Manchester United And A Win-Win Transfer

    It's too early to claim Nemanja Matic's move to Manchester United as a success. In fact, it's too early to claim it to be anything at all. One Premier League game, even one brilliant Premier League, doesn't make a season. What does seem more certain, though, is that Matic will play a different role for United than the one he was occupying at Chelsea. Under Antonio Conte, the Serbian was on sentry duty, patrolling the middle of the pitch with N'Golo Kante and building the block which kept so many of the team's opponents locked within their own half last season. ...

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  • Olivier Giroud Is Inverting The Traditional Substitute Dynamic

    Shirt numbers are increasingly irrelevant in the modern game, or so we are often told. They can be status symbols, numerical references to dates or anniversaries, tributes to favourite players or family members, or just random curiosities. Yet every now and then one acquires a certain significance. ...

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