The 2017 Transfer Window Soap Opera: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The 2017 Transfer Window Soap Opera: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Playing Musical Chairs - Exchanging Strikers with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal It’s crazy time. The Welcome To and Exit doors are swinging in and out and the new are replacing the old. Clubs are scurrying in hopes of improving their position in last season’s table or, in Chelsea’s case, hanging on to that coveted top slot. Arsenal, for the first time in Arsène Wenger’s tenure with the club, has dropped out of the Champions League competition and, with the …
Olivier Giroud: Arsenal’s Unappreciated Goalscorer

Olivier Giroud: Arsenal’s Unappreciated Goalscorer

Last year, Arsenal were that close to signing Leicester’s Jamie Vardy for a £25 million transfer fee. But Vardy never put pen to paper. Upon reflection, between his tins of Thunder snuff tobacco and cans of Red Bull, Vardy made one of his better decisions. He realised that his limited, direct attacking skills did not fit well with Arsenal’s more intricate, build-from-the-back, short passing in tight spaces requirements. Vardy backed out of the move. Had the transfer been completed, the addition …
Mohamed Salah to Liverpool Could Prove to Be a Great Signing

Mohamed Salah to Liverpool Could Prove to Be a Great Signing

In the last one week, Mohamed Salah took several flights from Cairo to Liverpool or London, was spotted several times at airports across the UK, and finally underwent several medicals at Melwood. If we believe the hype generated by Liverpool fans’ wait for the Egyptian winger then all these things are true. For some reason, Salah was seen doing all the above and that too multiple times. But you really can’t blame the Reds’ fans. As soon as the last …
Sead Kolasinac to Arsenal: A Good Bosman for the Gunners

Sead Kolasinac to Arsenal: A Good Bosman for the Gunners

In the past few days, the transfer rumor mill for Premier League has been fixated on some big money signings. Betting websites suspended betting on Virgil van Dijk’s move to Liverpool and many Reds started celebrating their club’s record transfer on social media, before the Saints threw a spanner by complaining to Premier League about unauthorized approach to their defender from Liverpool’s side. Another potentially “done deal” is Mohamed Salah’s transfer to Liverpool. Reds are busy speculating at what stage …
The Top Strikers in the Premier League - Who's More Clinical and Who's More Valuable?

The Top Strikers in the Premier League - Who's More Clinical and Who's More Valuable?

This season there seems to be very little excitement left in the Premier League. The manner in which Chelsea have managed to dominate the league has ensured that there is very little chance involved in deciding the eventual winner of the league. Other teams and their fans do try to manufacture excitement – will Manchester United pip Liverpool to the fourth place in the league? Will Everton pip them both? Will Sunderland get out of jail again? Which of the …
The Stats Behind Leicester City’s Revival

The Stats Behind Leicester City’s Revival

Leicester City – the club that has made a habit of confounding the pundits. When they were relegation candidates towards the end of 2014-15, they launched a fierce rearguard that ensured that they stayed up. When they were the least likely club in the Premier League to win the title, they went ahead and won it. And when earlier this season, experts were predicting at least a mid-table finish for the Champions, they landed themselves in a soup by game …
Premier League Referees: What Does the Data Say About Them?

Premier League Referees: What Does the Data Say About Them?

Referees – the guys that bear the brunt of ire from unhappy fans and Jose Mourinho. They are generally the default targets of people’s anger every time a perceived wrong decision is given. They are almost certainly the default reason for Mourinho’s teams not turning up at times. This season has already seen its fair share of controversies around referees’ decisions. But this season is also different for referees for several reasons. First, referees are also superstars now. The cash-rich …
What Needs to Change at Leicester City?

What Needs to Change at Leicester City?

There are very few jobs in this world, where you can go from an absolute hero on one day to an utter failure the very next day. A football manager’s job, especially a Premier League manager’s job is one of these rare job types. Consider the case of Arsene Wenger. Lately every season, there are two very noticeable waves of emotions for the Gunners fans. Every season, in most cases towards the end, Arsenal fans are placated with their continued …
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