An Italian Solution for Arsenal?

An Italian Solution for Arsenal?

While drawing up plans for the English FA’s £105 million national football centre, David Sheepshanks, the chairman of St. George’s Park, drew inspiration from a few other national football centres in Europe.  One that impressed him quite a bit was the Coverciano, the central training facility and technical headquarters of the Italian Football Federation. It isn’t a facility that will find favour with many English players, who find St. George’s Park to be ‘boring’.  Steven Gerrard thought it wasn’t player …
Why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Should be Given a Chance in Central Midfield

Why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Should be Given a Chance in Central Midfield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was one of the few players to come out of Wednesday's 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich with any credit as he worked tirelessly for his team and was the only Arsenal player to go right over to applaud the supporters. Although that is the least that could be expected, the rest of the Arsenal players didn't show it. He was played on the right wing, which has been his main position since breaking into professional football, but his …
Should Ozil be Dropped by Arsene Wenger?

Should Ozil be Dropped by Arsene Wenger?

Another season, same old Arsenal has become a cliche.  Out of the title race and all but out of the Champions League in the R-16 stage for the seventh year running. The standout performer for Arsenal this season has been Alexis Sanchez without a shadow of a doubt and by some distance. There has also been growing concerns about their other talisman, Mesut Ozil. Ozil this season has been a mere shadow of his former self. Often looking disinterested, jaded …
Should Tottenham target an FA Cup win?

Should Tottenham target an FA Cup win?

The FA Cup this season hasn't been given respect by all Premier League managers, but teams are now only one match away from the quarter-final stage and surely some clubs will be looking at the competition as an opportunity to win silverware. One club that would welcome a trophy is Tottenham Hotspur, who haven't won anything since 2008. Mauricio Pochettino is building a good team at White Hart Lane and they are beginning to establish themselves in the top four of …
Arsenal vs Bayern Munich Preview | Champions League

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich Preview | Champions League

Arsenal are looking to secure a spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first team since 2010 when they take on Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening. The Champions League competition is starting to hot up and Arsenal will not want to drop out of the last 16 stage for the seventh successive season. Bayern Munich are one of the strongest teams in Europe though so it won't be an easy task. Arsenal have lacked form in the …
Why Arsene Wenger has Himself to Blame for Arsenal's Mentality Problems

Why Arsene Wenger has Himself to Blame for Arsenal's Mentality Problems

While nothing seemed to be going right for Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, Arsene Wenger gazed at his ailing players, expressionless and giving the impression that he had resigned to the fact that the Gunners will end up enduring another embarrassment. Olivier Giroud did pull one back late in the game, but it was probably more than what Arsenal deserved, considering their pathetic showing at the Bridge. The loss came days after their home ousting at the hands of Walter Mazzarri’s …
Chelsea vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

The early kick off this weekend will have huge ramifications for the title race, with some thinking that three points for Chelsea will put them in a position from which they can't be caught. It hasn't got to that point yet, but the rest of the top six will be hoping that Chelsea lose this against Arsenal. However, for the visitors, it may be a must not lose, rather than a must win. Although they were lucky that four of …
Southampton vs Arsenal Preview | FA Cup 4th Round Preview

Southampton vs Arsenal Preview | FA Cup 4th Round Preview

On January 28th, Southampton welcome Arsenal to St Mary's Stadium for the fourth round of the FA Cup.  Fresh from their triumph over Liverpool in the semi-final of the league cup, Southampton will now look to conquer England's other domestic cup this weekend. The Saints are coming off a 1-0 win over Liverpool on Wednesday that led to the Saints going to their first League Cup final since 1979.  After winning the first leg at St Mary's 1-0, the Saints …
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