Season Preview 2013-14: Arsenal

August 12, 2013 in Premier League, Team Previews

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I’m probably not the best person to be making predictions for Arsenal’s upcoming Premier League campaign as a Manchester United fan, but unfortunately, that’s just how the cookie crumbles sometimes. I’ve also got a bit of a soft spot for Tottenham, and have maintained a solid belief for the last two years that they have a better squad than the Gunners, and due to that, should finish higher than their North London rivals; but if that was going to happen, Tottenham wouldn’t be known as the epic bottlers they are. So I’ve decided to be a bit more pragmatic to my approach, decided to consider all the facts, and factor in the sheer drive and determination that Arsene Wenger brings to his young team, and make a prediction from a completely different stand-point from where I have done in the past.

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Why Andre Villas-Boas should ignore PSG and stay at Tottenham

June 17, 2013 in Ligue 1, Premier League

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Football’s history is littered with cases of players that moved too far too fast. Cases where someone got a bit excited and jumped the gun, resulting in a terminal downhill spiral. Steve Sidwell springs to mind; how the Reading midfielder thought he would get into a Chelsea team ahead of Michael Essien and Frank Lampard is beyond me. It’s not been quite the same for him since. The same kind of situation – giving up what looks like a promising career for the first train of opportunity that comes your way – looks dangerously close to happening to Tottenham’s manager Andre Villas-Boas, who has so far not quashed speculation linking him with a move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain. In case my train of thought hasn’t articulated my opinion on this matter already, I’ll make it clear: this would be a TERRIBLE move for him.

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Why Manchester United’s defeat held more positives than negatives

March 6, 2013 in Europe

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As difficult as this will be for me to do, I’m going to bypass talking about the referee from last night’s Champions League match between Manchester United and Real Madrid, and talk about the game itself. A great game took place last night, one that had its outcome changed by a particular red card, but one that also showed encouraging signs for the future, and those are what most United fans should probably focus on.

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What Rafa Benitez’s rant means for Chelsea

March 1, 2013 in Premier League

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Oh, come on, who didn’t see a Rafa Benitez meltdown coming? It was as much of a certainty as was the fact that he would be leaving at the end of the season. When it comes to Chelsea’s hire-and-fire policy, I am quite vocal in my opposition to it, but even by Chelsea’s standards, Benitez’s appointment was ridiculous. Hiring a man responsible for some of the most testing experiences for your club in recent history, as well as one who publicly claimed that he would never manage Chelsea, was always going to disgruntle Chelsea’s fans, and we’ve all seen what happens to Rafa when the pressure is on. So while his outburst may have not been a surprise to some, it’s definitely created some problems for him. Let’s have a quick look at the situation.

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The Rises and Falls of Wesley Sneijder

January 11, 2013 in Serie A, Transfers

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At the time of writing, Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder is contemplating a move to Galatasaray. It’s a move that, if we’re being honest, no-one really envisaged for Sneijder, even if he has been reduced to a meagre five starts this year for Internazionale. It’s quite alarming how quickly someone’s stock can drop in football; a year and a half ago, Manchester United seemed desperate to sign Sneijder, then rated at £30m, and with wage demands of approximately £200k a week. Today, Inter have accepted a reported £8m bid for their number 10, and the terms that have been offered to him would see him receive a basic £65k a week wage, considerably less than his demands to United. Even more indicative of Sneijder’s ‘fall’ is the fact that he is reportedly stalling on talks with Galatasaray in the hope that a Premier League club will swoop in and steal him, and as of yet, none have. Even Manchester United, the team so keen to sign the Dutchman prior, and consistently on the receiving end of accusations of a lacking midfield, appear to show no interest. So what’s happened?

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