Clichy leaves gap at left back for Arsenal

Clichy leaves gap at left back for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is not known for big spending during transfer windows. That is evident again this summer, with Gervinho the only big money signing so far in the summer months. As always, there are rumors of other targets joining the club including Juan Manuel Mata and a few Premier League center backs, but the losses for the club might outweigh anything brought in this off-season. The ongoing Cesc saga still lingers and the Nasri situation might not bode well for …
The decreasing influence of Lampard

The decreasing influence of Lampard

Frank Lampard over the years has been an ever-present in the Chelsea side, scoring goals consistently and being a main attacking force in the Chelsea attack, however last season with his injury as well as his increasing age his influence has been decreasing for a while, he never really relied on pace and it showed in the previous season when our midfield was pedestrian. As well as being pedestrian there was a lack of creativity in midfield, Frank although an …
It's 2 from 6 for Lambert up top

It's 2 from 6 for Lambert up top

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="468" caption="Steve Morison"][/caption] Following the summer arrival of James Vaughan and Steve Morison City boss Paul Lambert has eight, yes eight strikers to choose from - Vaughan, Morison, Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson, Chris Martin, Aaron Wilbraham, Oli Johnson and Cody McDonald. It's likely that Lambert will go with either one or two up top for most matches, but which is the pairing most likely to do the business and keep the Canaries in the top-flight? With the …
Gareth Bale - Worth the hype?

Gareth Bale - Worth the hype?

After two inspired performances against the then European Champions, Gareth Bale's praise soared through the roof. Two top quality performances against Inter Milan in the group stage of the Champions League threw him into a shower of admiration from the country's press and pundits alike. The first game, Inter had completely dominated Tottenham and were 4-0 up at half time. It could be said that they too their foot off the gas in the second half but Bale's hat trick with the …
Who other than Adel? QPR's Dilemma

Who other than Adel? QPR's Dilemma

[caption id="attachment_999" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Adel Taarabt - Star Player"][/caption] It seemed for almost the entire summer and for weeks before that as Queens Park Rangers surged towards the Championship and more importantly the Premier League that Adel Taarabt would not be there to guide them into the unknown. The often fantastic but infuriating midfielder at times appeared to on his own destroy opponents with skills beyond the division he played in. However with the news of Taarabt’s departure seemingly put …
Man United | the serial sideways passers

Man United | the serial sideways passers

Barcelona’s setting of the gold standard in ball retention has helped spawn a series of fascinating statistics that have quantified their art. OptaJoe on Twitter delivered a telling statistic on Barca’s puppeteer:
20% - Just one in five of Xavi's passes in La Liga went forward. Crab.
It’s initially surprising given the influence he exerts, but less so when you consider the value Barcelona place on possession. On a broader, team scale, Manchester United are the most reluctant team in …
Berbatov | The Cases For and Against

Berbatov | The Cases For and Against

Dimitar Berbatov has been called a lot of things. "Languid" if you're a fan, "lazy" if you're not, he divides opinion amongst Manchester United fans more than anyone else. Given the sparking form of Wayne Rooney towards the end of the season, along with the emergence of Javier Hernandez and the return of Danny Welbeck to his parent club, it looked like Berbatov's chances of getting decent game time this year might be limited, even given the fact that he …
Who will fill Jones' role?

Who will fill Jones' role?

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