Analyzing the Early Returns of Arsenal's Back Three

Analyzing the Early Returns of Arsenal's Back Three

Much has been made of Arsene Wenger's decision to move from his tried and trusted 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-2-1.  While there has been much discussion of the fact that the change happened, the real question is what effect the change has made? Since Arsenal went to a back three against Middlesbrough they have three wins from three games.  Based on that it seems like the back three has been working to perfection, but when you look a little closer the outlook on …
Everton vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Everton vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The title race is on in the Premier League with only four points separating Chelsea and Tottenham. Although they have been in the box-seat for the majority of this campaign, they have not been crowned champions yet and the Blues need to ensure that they remain focused on winning their remaining matches. This weekend sees one of their most difficult fixtures left to play as they travel to Goodison Park to face in-form Everton. They haven't lost at home since December …
Why Manchester United are Right to Target Willian

Why Manchester United are Right to Target Willian

According to ESPN, Manchester United are interested in bringing Chelsea winger Willian to the club this summer. The recent improvement at Old Trafford suggests that the Portuguese manager is making progress, but he will want to recruit several players this summer to help his team become title challengers once again. He previously worked with the Brazilian at Chelsea and believes that the winger can add some much-needed experience, pace and goal threat to the United attack. Ed Woodward has been …
Liverpool's Lovren-Sized Problems

Liverpool's Lovren-Sized Problems

In the aftermath of Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield, Sam Allardyce spoke about exposing their opponent’s weaknesses “time and time again”. He went on to elaborate on what those weaknesses were as if he were a college professor introducing a new concept to students, while the reality was that his audience had been aware of it since pre-school. Liverpool have a problem with crosses and set pieces, and the whole world knows about it. The stats bear …
Anthony Martial's Emphatic Response Keeps United in the Hunt for Top Four

Anthony Martial's Emphatic Response Keeps United in the Hunt for Top Four

Wasn't that the perfect week in a very long time for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho? Or is it too little too late? Either way, you would struggle to write the script if you tried. Following the trouncing of Chelsea and  a nail-biting finish in Europe, United win a Premier League game without hassle on a weekend for a change, when their rivals for a place in the top four failed to improve on their current points tally. It was …
Liverpool aim for Top 4 minus the style

Liverpool aim for Top 4 minus the style

Jurgen Klopp spoke a few weeks ago about the need for Liverpool to win ugly. On hearing his words in press conferences most listening would've thought he meant it metaphorically, but now, based on the evidence of recent performances,it seems he was dead serious in a literal sense. It has been far from pretty in the last couple of games for the Reds, but pretty effective. Liverpool are doing something they've mostly failed doing....they are effectively managing games. Grinding out results …
Three Players Liverpool Can Pursue Instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Three Players Liverpool Can Pursue Instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Last time when I wrote about the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool transfer rumour, it was in January. Liverpool had lost Coutinho to injury and Sadio Mane to AFCON and were missing a player who could play in the advanced midfield and create adequate chances. The rumours have resurfaced over the last couple of weeks, perhaps with a bit more vigour and strength. The Red are again missing Sadio Mane, this time through injury. They are also missing Adam Lallana, the …
Why Tottenham Hotspur Winning the Premier League will be Beneficial for England

Why Tottenham Hotspur Winning the Premier League will be Beneficial for England

Tottenham Hotspur reduced the gap at the top to four points, following Chelsea's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, but can Spurs steal the crown from Antonio Conte's powerhouses? Mauricio Pochettino is seeking revenge on Chelsea, after last season's 2-2 draw against the Blues in May 2016 handed the Premier League title to Leicester City. Spurs have won their last seven league games and have only suffered one defeat since the turn of the year. They are relentless in …
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