Arsene Wenger: 17 Years in 17 photos

October 2, 2013 in Premier League

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This week, on 1st October Arsene Wenger celebrated his 17th anniversary as manager of Arsenal. As a devout life-long Arsenal fan it only seems right for me to celebrate this extraordinary milestone with a tribute to the most successful, infuriating and ultimately best loved manager ever to grace the red site of North London. For those of you who do not share my passion for this amazing football club, don’t worry – this isn’t going to be a saccharine expression of admiration that glosses over all the rough times. This is 17 years of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger: The good, the bad and the ugly (which doesn’t just mean Gervinho’s forehead!) Read the rest of this entry →

Ozil Amazing

September 25, 2013 in Premier League

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After the loss on the opening day of the season to Aston Villa the frustration amongnst Arsenal fans on the subject of the clubs transfer policy reached fever pitch, with only one new player bought in over the summer (Sanogo fronm Auxerre on a free) but knowing there was £70m to spend was a topic of constant contention. Although our season picked up pretty quickly after this with wins against Fenerbache to qualify for the Champions League group and two wins against Fulham and Spurs (Whoop!) it reached September and still the only addition to the team was to resign free agent Matheiu Flamini from Milan. So when on transfer deadline day we were suddenly linked with Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid I was excited, but confused. As far as I am concerned we already had a pretty decent midfield with the like of Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta. Surely the bigger needs were for a centre back or a decent striker to assist and challenge an albeit very on form Olivier Giroud? What if he got injured? Our only option upfront would be Bendtner; the laziest and most unachieving player to grace Arsenal in recent years (yes, this includes Francis Jeffers and Chamakh). All of these questions continued to swirl in my mind and on the Twittersphere until 10 minutes into the game the following Saturday against Sunderland when Ozil set up a goal for Giroud that I can only describe as ‘scoregasmic’. The link up play between the two of them was incredible and the cross into Giroud was perfect, allowing him to easily break through the Sunderland defence and slot the call past Kieren Westwood.  The German had an assist under his belt within minutes of his debut.

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Season Preview 2013-14: Everton

August 13, 2013 in Premier League, Team Previews

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The last few seasons have been increasingly successful for Everton; where they once may have been considered the ‘other’ Liverpool team, they are now legitimately challenging for the Merseyside crown for the second season in a row, and finishing at a very respectable 6th place. The credit for this achievement rests firmly upon manager David Moyes who took on the challenge of this failing club 10 years ago, and turned it into a team to be reckoned with. Moyes may not have turned Everton into Premier League giants, but he took on a Herculean task and came up with the goods.

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The Women’s Euro’s 2013: An Overview

July 12, 2013 in International

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On Wednesday, the Women’s Euro’s 2013 got underway in Sweden, and as England prepare for their opening match against Spain tonight, I thought it was a good idea to give you lovely readers an overview of what we can expect in the tournament, who the ones to watch are, and whether I think Germany will clinch the title of a massive sixth time in a row! So far, the opening days of the Championship haven’t been hugely exciting; no team has actually won a game yet, and with no team scoring more than one goal in a game, there hasn’t been a huge goal harvest either. But I have every faith that the competition is going to pick up, and that we are in for some very exciting football from a group of very talented young women.

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Rachel Yankey Shows Dedication to Women’s Football

July 2, 2013 in International

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A momentous occasion came in women’s football last week when England’s Rachel Yankey broke the record for most capped England player ever, bypassing goalkeeper Peter Shilton’s 1990 record.

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