City V Wigan | 3 Points to Keep in Mind

City V Wigan | 3 Points to Keep in Mind

Heading in to week 4 after a nearly perfect start that includes the emergence of Edin Dzeko as the EPL’s top scorer, stellar pick-ups of goal scorer Sergio Aguero and former Gunner Samir Nasri, and a dominant and cohesive midfield, City faces a Wigan side that has yet to lose this season. City’s start to the season has been so great, even the Tevez problems have vanished in the minds of fans. Of course, a simple and efficient way of …
Arteta makes Blackburn pay the penalty

Arteta makes Blackburn pay the penalty

Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Everton, 27 August 2011 Mikel Arteta’s last gasp goal secured all three points for Everton at Ewood Park this weekend. That this came from the spot after Blackburn Rovers had failed to convert two penalties of their own earlier in the afternoon merely added insult to injury. [caption id="attachment_3765" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="David Hoilett missed the first of Blackburn’s two penalties at Ewood Park on Saturday"][/caption] Injury is a word Blackburn will be hoping doesn’t afflict them over …
Swansea | Importance of wide men

Swansea | Importance of wide men

With the unfortunate injury to Alan Tate, Swansea City look slightly exposed at full back with only two experienced players in the squad. Steven Caulker is able to deputise but with the England under 21 making such an impressive start to the season, Brendan Rodgers will be reluctant to break the partnership he has formed with Ashley Williams at the heart of the City back four. There also must be a concern about what would happen if either Scott Sinclair …
Everton | Midfield Dissected

Everton | Midfield Dissected

Whilst Everton’s overall squad portrait depicts a roster ominously stretched in several quarters, in central midfield, David Moyes is blessed with some truly optimum Premier League talent. For countless campaigns, Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill and Leon Osman have been continually producing the goods at Goodison Park, whilst Marouane Fellaini, and Jack Rodwell seem destined to eventually reach the upper echelons of the game. With the exciting Ross Barkley set to emerge this season, centrally, Everton’s midfield looks destined to become …
Options give Mancini greater licence

Options give Mancini greater licence

Shots On Target | New boys must improve

Shots On Target | New boys must improve

This weekend Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers spoke about he felt goals would come for his newly-promoted side, having created plenty of chances against Sunderland in a 0-0 draw. Whilst they created a number of good chances, it’s hugely important to convert these into shots on target, something none of the promoted teams have done particularly well so far this season: Ignoring the small sample sizes and disregard for opposition strength, all three teams – but most notably QPR – have …
Danny Graham | A matter of time

Danny Graham | A matter of time

Swansea City's record signing had another frustrating afternoon at the liberty stadium against the visiting black cats, but the signs are there that he may start repaying that 3.5m price tag any game soon. At times against Wigan the previous week he seemed a little lost on the pitch and let his head drop in the second half when he failed to impose himself on the game, however there was no sign of that yesterday, with tireless running and intelligent …
Spot Success for Arteta | Everton

Spot Success for Arteta | Everton

Police are reporting a theft in the North-West, apparently 3 points were stolen in the Blackburn area. A Spaniard has been arrested. Everton snatched a late and fully undeserved win at Ewood Park today in a bizarre game that was ultimately decided by three spot-kicks. Junior Hoilett saw his penalty saved by the excellent Tim Howard in the Everton goal and then Mauro Formica sent his effort onto the post before Mikel Arteta stepped up in stoppage time to steal …
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