Sam Crawley

Transfer Targets: Arsenal's Deluded Fanbase

Transfer Targets: Arsenal's Deluded Fanbase

Let me preface the rest of this opinion-piece by saying: I am an Arsenal fan. Now let’s begin. Throughout the noughties, Arsenal fans have been largely treated to the rhetoric that Arsenal don’t spend money on transfers, they make money on transfers. This has been evident from the dismantling of the Invincibles squad to pay for the Emirates stadium, or in the years that followed by high-profile moves of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie for one reason …
Guilty Pleasures of an Arsenal fan -  Fernando Torres

Guilty Pleasures of an Arsenal fan - Fernando Torres

Like all fans I have clubs and players I love and despise to the very core of my football-shaped heart. Let me first explain the quandary behind my choice of guilty pleasure, before I start to gush about 'El Nino'. As a club, I despise Liverpool and most of it's fanbase. A modern arrogance, fill with self-entitlement founded upon glories achieved in a far-gone age often spews from their mouths. As a result, you can imagine how satisfying the last …
Hector Bellerin: Emergence of a Star

Hector Bellerin: Emergence of a Star

Arriving alongside Jon Toral in the summer of the 2011/12 season, Hector Bellerin’s transfer to Arsenal was a largely under-the-radar affair. There was little fan-fare, apart from the fact that Arsenal had managed to pinch two more players from Barcelona’s youth setup for a combined fee of under £1 million. He signed his first professional contract with Arsenal two years later in the summer of 2013, making his first appearance as a late substitute in a League Cup tie against …
Who could Arsenal sign as real competition for Coquelin?

Who could Arsenal sign as real competition for Coquelin?

Much has been made about Arsenal's lack of a defensive midfield signing, even with the emergence of Francis Coquelin as a Premier League star. The tabloids and back-pages are concentrating on players like Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and William Carvalho. I'm going to be a bit more intelligent and not look at any 'poster boy' replacements for Coquelin, but players who could come to Arsenal and grow alongside Coquelin. A player who'll come in and with their recognised talent, push …
Theo Walcott - Has The Phoenix Finally Risen?

Theo Walcott - Has The Phoenix Finally Risen?

Bought for a princely £16 million, amongst a lot of hype, at an exceptionally early age from Southampton, Theo Walcott has become part of the Arsenal furniture and not in a good way. Often the forgotten or disregarded man in discussion about Arsenal’s lack of a star forward – a new train of thought has been building up momentum. Has Walcott realised his potential in what are considered his ‘prime years’? If you look at Walcott against his peers in this …
Everton FC So Far - Better Than Last Year?

Everton FC So Far - Better Than Last Year?

As we enter the third month of the Premier League, let’s take some time to look at Everton Football Club and how they have fared so far in the competition. Have they improved upon last year, when at this time they sat in 13th in the table? What transfers, match results and player performances have potentially been a catalyst for where they sit now? Let’s take a look. Summer Transfers If we’re to believe the reported transfer fee’s according to …
Sunderland: Which top dog, will take over the Black Cats?

Sunderland: Which top dog, will take over the Black Cats?

Ah Sunderland, eternally destined to struggle it seems. After being beaten by the likes of Bournemouth, Norwich, Leicester, Manchester United and Tottenham - Dick Advocaat has thrown in the towel. This Sunderland Echo article has Dick citing the reasons; "the struggle against relegation isn't my cup of tea" and "our squad was simply not good enough". Fair points, if you look at the fact he was practically begged by the Sunderland fans to sign the contract extension earlier this year & their …
Five Surprise Packages So Far from the Premier League

Five Surprise Packages So Far from the Premier League

We're only four games into the season, so any definitive statements on the 'best' players of the 2015/16 season is something better left until we have a bigger pool of games from which to take data and start to make predictions for the remainder of the season. Fear not however, this train of thought allows us to focus our attention on the players whose form in the early period of the season has perhaps surprised those 'in the know'. Ross Barkley …
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