Raunaq Salat

A football performance analyst who lives and breathes the beautiful game. Occassionaly dreams about it too.

Arsenal's Next Signing: Vidal, Benzema, Pedro, Gotze or Higuain?

Arsenal's Next Signing: Vidal, Benzema, Pedro, Gotze or Higuain?

Following the patterns of the last two summer transfer windows, the Gunners would be expecting that Arsene Wenger pulls off another coup this summer by completing a big money signing of a world class player. The arrivals of Mesut Ozil and then Alexis Sanchez have heralded a new dawn and after capturing Peter Cech, Arsenal aren't too far from a team that will become a genuine title challenger next season. The aforementioned duo arrived from the two biggest Spanish clubs …
Dispelling the Benteke Myth and How He Could Thrive at Liverpool

Dispelling the Benteke Myth and How He Could Thrive at Liverpool

It seems that many fans have taken one of Tim Sherwood's pearls of wisdom seriously. The former Spurs manager claimed that his side crosses the ball in the box more than any other side in the league and that if Christian Benteke moved to Liverpool, he would struggle. While it is true that Liverpool attempted the second fewest crosses in the league after Swansea with 17 per game, Aston Villa themselves were 14th in that list. One of the reasons …
What Does the Future Hold for Raheem Sterling?

What Does the Future Hold for Raheem Sterling?

Having been named the European Golden Boy owing largely to his performances in 2013/14 when Liverpool came within a whisker of winning the league for the first time in 24 years, Raheem Sterling now wants out of the club whom he thinks can no longer match his ambitions, or indeed his exorbitant wage demands. Sterling’s agent recently came out with comments berating Jamie Carragher and insisting that his client won’t sign a new deal come what may. Not only was …
Newcastle United vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Newcastle United vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Newcastle United host West Ham United on the final matchday with their Premier League future still on the balance. No one could have envisaged their season to pan out like this when they had beaten Chelsea back in December to climb up to 6th place. Carver’s side have now taken just one point from their last 10 games and they must win their last game of the season to ensure survival or else rely on Manchester United to hold 18th …
Manchester United vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Manchester United vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

In what will be the last big game this season, Manchester United host Arsenal with an automatic Champions League place still on the line. The two teams are some way off the high standards they set themselves over the last decade when they competed for titles and cups, but this represents a chance to finish the season on a high and then start building for next season. Arsenal are two points ahead of Sunday's opponents with a game in hand, …
Aston Villa vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Aston Villa vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

With just two games left to play for all teams in the lower half of the table except for Sunderland, Aston Villa can take a giant step towards ensuring safety with a win against West Ham when the Londoners make the trip to Villa Park on Saturday. Villa were the lowest scorers across all divisions in England at one point and were on their way to score around 18 goals in the entire season. Tim Sherwood has turned things around …
Why Chelsea's Superior Defence Won them the Title

Why Chelsea's Superior Defence Won them the Title

With Chelsea on the verge of winning the title, their rock solid defence has helped them to get to this position and in the process firmly squashing whispers of a dramatic late collapse. Games against United and Arsenal preceded by a trip to serious relegation contenders QPR were seen as tricky fixtures, which would test their mettle especially since they weren't playing particularly well, having also bowed out of the Champions League. But in classic fashion, Mourinho's men kept consecutive …
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

With Chelsea hosting Crystal Palace earlier on Sunday, the game at White Hart Line will probably begin with the champions of England already crowned. Tottenham are in 6th place, level on points with Liverpool and just one ahead of Southampton in the race with 5th and 6th qualifying for the Europa League and only an Arsenal win in the FA Cup final giving the 7th placed team an automatic spot in Europe's second-tier tournament. City on the other hand will …
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