Mourinho, Martial and an unbeaten United in pre-season

Mourinho, Martial and an unbeaten United in pre-season

Two of the biggest and most popular football clubs in the world - Real Madrid and Manchester United, engaged in a friendly bout in the States as a dress rehearsal for the European Super Cup encounter which is scheduled to take place in two weeks for the first piece of silverware of the season. The game ended 1-1 and the Reds somehow stumbled on to a win - through a frankly, comical penalty shootout - where seven out of ten …
Why Manchester City Supporters Should be Excited by the Capture of Danilo

Why Manchester City Supporters Should be Excited by the Capture of Danilo

Pep Guardiola knew that he had to strengthen his full-back options this summer if Manchester City were to seriously challenge for major honours and that has happened. The Citizens have signed their second full-back of the window in the form of Danilo. The Brazilian arrives for a fee of £26.5 million from Real Madrid. He is capable of playing on either flank and will provide fierce competition in the City squad. Although the 26-year-old failed to break into the team …
Can Lacazette's Goals Bring Back the Glory Days for Arsenal?

Can Lacazette's Goals Bring Back the Glory Days for Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side have been left behind by their rivals in recent years when it comes to competing for the Premier League title. But now with the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, can the Gunners find themselves back on top of the pile come May next year?   The Frenchman arrives for a club record fee of £52 million, from French Ligue 1 side Lyon where he has played 275 games and scored 129 in all competitions. His style of …
English Premier League Spending At New High

English Premier League Spending At New High

If summer transfer market spending were a sportsbook prop, the English Premier League would be the odds-on favorite to spend the most money. As a matter of fact, EPL clubs have already spent more than £500m since the end of last season, according to business analysts Deloitte the league is bound to establish a new record by August 31st. English clubs spent a record £1.165bn last summer, which rose to £1.38bn following the January window. Deloitte released its annual football …
Jack Wilshere: Facing Crucial Decisions in his Career Defining Summer

Jack Wilshere: Facing Crucial Decisions in his Career Defining Summer

In February of 2011 Arsenal defied the odds to beat Europe’s greatest - Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona – 2-1 at the Emirates in the Champions League. That night the pitch was laden with midfield maestros; the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas to name a few. But the name which dominated the back pages the morning after was none of the above, instead it was a 19-year-old by the name of Jack Wilshere. With a passing accuracy of …
Naby Keita - The Two in One Midfielder

Naby Keita - The Two in One Midfielder

In the summer of 2012, Brendan Rodgers brought a player to Liverpool who remains the signing that has excited me the most in recent years when first announced. It was only a loan signing, but when Nuri Sahin arrived at Anfield, I was beside myself with joy. Here finally was the player in central midfield Liverpool had been crying out for since Xabi Alonso left. The three interim years had seen barren service for the players further up field. In …
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 …
Smalling, Jones and Mourinho's Options in Central Defence

Smalling, Jones and Mourinho's Options in Central Defence

Manchester United will begin their pre-season tour of 2017 in the United States of America and the preparations are already underway in the UCLA campus, where the club will based at between the 10th and 22nd of July. The Red Devils have made two key additions in the transfer market and there is a consensus that the club will sign at least two more ahead of the new season - to bolster their first team squad enough to compete in five …
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