Can a Fit Olivier Giroud Get Into Arsenal’s Starting Eleven?

Can a Fit Olivier Giroud Get Into Arsenal’s Starting Eleven?

When asked before the Bournemouth game about Giroud’s chance of starting on Saturday, Arsene Wenger gave a reply straight from the Football Manager handbook. A coy Wenger said “It’s just game by game, I make the decision on the next game…I thought in this game [against PSG] his physical presence could give them problems at the back…We need everyone on board and it’s just the next game that matters.” In the two games that Arsenal had played before that question …
Mata: The Special Juan in United's season thus far

Mata: The Special Juan in United's season thus far

Jose Mourinho, for whatever reason, didn't rate Juan Mata as an important part of his (then) future plans at Chelsea and he was eventually sold to Manchester United. The dramatic irony lies in the fact that Mourinho too would not be part of the future plans of Chelsea, while Mata would go on to regularly excel in a team struggling to truly recover from the retirement of Alex Ferguson, and eventually be one of the few shining lights in Jose's current chapter at Old …
The Depay Dilemma: Should Man United Loan him to Everton?

The Depay Dilemma: Should Man United Loan him to Everton?

Part of what makes sane football fans hate international breaks besides the dour nature of football are the transfer window rumors which seem to run particularly rife in November with only six weeks to go for the Winter window to open. For Manchester United, it has been a mixed break where some of their players have caught the eye, while others have had the much needed rest with no serious injuries yet. Paul Pogba's French side got through their tough …
Tottenham's Missing Link: Kane or Alderweireld?

Tottenham's Missing Link: Kane or Alderweireld?

Tottenham have been plagued with a number of major injuries this season and Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld were perhaps the two most important players to suffer. The duo are both hugely influential to Mauricio Pochettino's side and their absence has certainly been felt. Spurs currently sit in 5th position in the Premier League, behind rivals Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. In their last seven games they have failed to pick up a victory, though their 1-1 draw against …
The Unsung Contributions of Roberto Firmino

The Unsung Contributions of Roberto Firmino

If there's a fear that will be eating away at some Liverpool fans, despite their side being at the the pinnacle of the Premier League, it is their possible inability to win the title. A point above second placed Chelsea, who have not conceded a single goal in four games and a two point lead over Manchester City, is probably enough to suggest that the position isn't a fluke after all. And Jurgen Klopp's men from Anfield haven't just shown …
The Emergence Of Victor Moses Under Conte's Revamped Chelsea

The Emergence Of Victor Moses Under Conte's Revamped Chelsea

Antonio Conte's Chelsea side is forging ahead, currently riding a five-match win streak and well within striking distance for the top spot in the Premiership. The usual lot at Stamford Bridge has received the bulk of the praise for the resurgence, but Nigerian Victor Moses has slipped through the cracks as one of Conte's most improved -- and important -- players during his first spell in west London. Conte was announced as the new manager of Chelsea in April 2016. Supporters …
Michael Carrick Proves he is the Main Man for United Again

Michael Carrick Proves he is the Main Man for United Again

Manchester United made light work of Bob Bradley's Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday which meant they finally capitalised on a few results that ended in their favour in Matchweek 11. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the likes of baccarat-squeeze.com had a high number of visitors from the Manchester area following the good mood that must have been in the air in the red half of Manchester. Jose Mourinho's United, following a disappointing defeat in Istanbul, …
Nemanja Matic - One of the Key Men in Chelsea's 3-4-3?

Nemanja Matic - One of the Key Men in Chelsea's 3-4-3?

Chelsea have been excellent since they changed to a 3-4-3 formation, scoring 16 goals and conceding zero in their last five Premier League matches. They are beginning to look like a side that can challenge for the league title this season now that Antonio Conte's methods have been taken on by the squad. Their attackers have been given the license to roam and express themselves, while their defensive shape is much improved from the opening weeks of the season. There …
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