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Anderson's Redemption | A look at the Manchester United midfielder

Anderson's Redemption | A look at the Manchester United midfielder

Anderson's career at Manchester United has been inconsistent. He made just ten appearances last season, less than half of the twenty four he made after joining the club in 2007, and has struggled to hold down a first team place. He arrived as a tricky flair player, slight in build but fast, agile and keen to take players on. Today he plays a more conservative role. Anderson has been shaped into a powerful, intelligent passing midfielder. It's different to his …
West Ham United's Noble-man | Stats Comparison with Steven Gerrard

West Ham United's Noble-man | Stats Comparison with Steven Gerrard

The famous West Ham Academy has produced some of England's finest players. From Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore and Martin Peters to Paul Ince, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard, it's hard to ignore the calibre of the players West Ham develop. So it is with great interest that we look upon one of West Ham's current academy graduates, Mark Noble. Noble has been with West Ham since his early teens. He broke into the first team in 2007 and has been …
The Curious Case of Olivier Giroud | Stats Comparison

The Curious Case of Olivier Giroud | Stats Comparison

Olivier Giroud's form since joining Arsenal has been indifferent. His performances in the Premier League have left a lot to be desired and after just one goal in ten appearances, it appears Giroud is a long way from filling the void left by his predecessor Robin Van Persie. But was Giroud brought in for that purpose? Or was he brought in for another reason? Breaking the Mould Giroud doesn't strike one as a typical 'Wenger-style' forward. When compared to the …
Arsenal's star: Mikel Arteta compared to Michael Carrick | Stat Analysis

Arsenal's star: Mikel Arteta compared to Michael Carrick | Stat Analysis

If you asked James Bond to collect your Aston Martin from the dealership you’d back him to get it to you safely. I mean, he’s used to fighting terrorists, flying planes, and parachuting out of moving jets. The challenge of a sprightly sports car shouldn’t pose him too many problems. On the other hand, if your eighty-year-old grandmother was tasked with the same pickup, it's fair to say you’d be a little nervous. You’d trust Bond because he’s playing within …
West Ham's Forwards: Carlton Cole Vs Andy Carroll | Stats Comparison

West Ham's Forwards: Carlton Cole Vs Andy Carroll | Stats Comparison

West Ham were the second busiest club in the transfer window, bringing in high calibre players such as Mohamed Diame, Alou Diarra and Yossi Benayoun. But the deadline day signing of Andy Carroll could prove to be one of the biggest coups in modern football and there were many sports betting sites paying out to punters upon his arrival. The acquisition of Carroll wasn't a desperate attempt to land a marquee signing – it was a calculated and intelligent move …