The Death Of The Classic Number Ten

The Death Of The Classic Number Ten

When Lionel Scaloni was appointed caretaker manager of Argentina after a disastrous World Cup campaign, he claimed that the game was becoming more direct and that he was going to implant a style in that image on his side. After a year of disjointed performances and having been given the job permanently since, the former West Ham player’s team have looked the part in recent months. He has built a side in the way he promised and whisper it quietly …
Unai Emery - A sacking that came too late

Unai Emery - A sacking that came too late

Unai Emery has become the third managerial casualty of the Premier League season, following a run of seven matches without victory. Any manager would come under pressure after such results, but at a top-six club like Arsenal, it is unforgivable. Regular watchers of the Gunners will attest that this decision has been coming for a long time, with many supporters wanting a managerial change in the summer. Last season was a nearly season for the Spanish manager, as he led …
Haaland is a transfer coup within Manchester United’s grasp

Haaland is a transfer coup within Manchester United’s grasp

The Austrian Bundesliga to the Premier League is a road few have travelled, but the recent rumours linking Erling Braut Haaland to Manchester United are exciting. The Athletic report that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deployed his favoured scout to keep a close watch on the Norweigen goal-scoring sensation with a view to a transfer. The potential move has long been speculated about on social media, with United fans making the obvious links between their current manager and the young striker. They …
Why Tammy Abraham’s early Chelsea form is sustainable

Why Tammy Abraham’s early Chelsea form is sustainable

Tammy Abraham has recovered from a challenging start to the season, in which he missed the decisive penalty during the European Super Cup against Liverpool. Following the match, the England international suffered racial abuse on social media and supporters were left questioning his capabilities as a top-six Premier League striker. These doubts have quickly been removed, as the 22-year-old has scored ten goals in the games that have followed, emerging as a golden boot contender in the process. Frank Lampard …
It’s time for Pochettino and Tottenham to part ways

It’s time for Pochettino and Tottenham to part ways

Mauricio Pochettino is currently enduring the worst period of his Tottenham managerial career, with the team languishing in the bottom half of the table. They are currently only six points above the relegation zone. Although they are regulars in the Champions League, Spurs are now 11 points behind Manchester City in 4th position, with their chances of qualification looking slim at best. In the modern game, it is easy to suggest a managerial change will fix matters on the pitch and …
Holding Midfielders The Talk Of The Town

Holding Midfielders The Talk Of The Town

The importance of the holding midfielder to any Premier League title challenge has never been doubted. While flashier proponents of the footballing art have rightly been serenaded by fans, there has always been place for the likes of Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane and Claude Makalele in a discussion about modern-day giants. Having the right player in the middle of the park has often proven to be the difference between ending a campaign as league winners or also-rans. Michael Essien’s injury …
Arsenal's On Pitch Performances Mirror Their Off Pitch Drama

Arsenal's On Pitch Performances Mirror Their Off Pitch Drama

Arsenal's match against Crystal Palace was nothing short of toxic. The reaction to the substitution of club captain Granit Xhaka put many big-picture issues in the spotlight. Xhaka's future, Unai Emery's handling on the captaincy and Emery's future, in general, were all put in doubt. With all that going on it is important to remember the result of the match. The Gunners dropped two more points and continue their descent down the table. Emery's issues stretch beyond politics. Winning cures …
West Ham captain pranks teammate with Candid Camera style ruse

West Ham captain pranks teammate with Candid Camera style ruse

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has once again proved he is an easy target for a wind-up after being pranked by teammate Mark Noble. Rice, who was hilariously tricked by Chelsea’s Mason Mount during his summer holiday, fell for a far more elaborate hoax at the hands of the Hammers’ captain. The 20-year-old had accompanied West Ham full-back Ryan Fredericks to a FIFA 20 event, but he was blissfully unaware that Noble and Betway Football had set him up …
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