The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 3

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 3

Another week in the books, a whole lot of controversy arising from multiple games and some of the worst defending the Premier League has ever seen. This season is shaping up to be very interesting for a number of reasons, not least of them the fact that Leicester, Everton and Aston Villa currently sit in the top four alongside Liverpool. Only Leicester and the Merseyside clubs have won three from three, with Villa sitting on two wins from two. Those …
Liverpool Vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Of the various rivalries within Premier League’s Big Six, Liverpool vs Arsenal might be considered one of the less abrasive ones, but this fixture has provided some very entertaining games in the past. That is why a week where these two footballing giants play each other twice should be considered a special one. The week of 28th September is one such week. First, the Gunners visit the Reds on Monday night to try and continue their victorious start or at …
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 2

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 2

With two matchweeks now complete, there's a couple of things we can say for certain. Firstly, this is going to be an entertaining season with the vast majority of teams seemingly having decided to not bother defending at all. Secondly, almost every team in the league still needs to make multiple signings. And finally, there will almost certainly be a couple of managers dismissed this side of Christmas. Liverpool and Tottenham entered the weekend with a lot of excitement as …
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 1

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 1

The Premier League is back. Eight games have been played, sixteen teams have begun their seasons, filled with a mix of optimism and trepidation. Teams coming off good seasons will have been hoping to carry that form into the new season and kick on up the table. Others will have wanted to shake off the stench of disappointment after a bad season last time around. For only the second time since the dawn of the Premier League era (05-06 the …
Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

A video of Alphonso Davies went viral when football returned to the Bundesliga in May. In a crucial encounter against Borussia Dortmund which eventually tipped the league title Bayern Munich’s way, the left-back made an astonishing recovery run dispossessing Erling Haaland in the box while he was poised to score. With the striker having a head start of 12.5 meters on him, Davies caught up in 3.1 seconds while hitting a top speed of 35 km/h. The Canadian’s speed had …
Is Thomas Partey the Missing Link for Arteta's Arsenal?

Is Thomas Partey the Missing Link for Arteta's Arsenal?

The summer transfer window opened on July 27 and will last for 10 weeks, ending on October 5. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional season and transfer timetable has been disrupted. Now, most teams have a month or two at most to rest and recapitulate the previous season before running out on the pitch again. This means that managers and coaches have had significantly less time to properly assess potential transfers, both incoming and outgoing. However, time is not …
Evaluating Nicolas Pepe's First Season At Arsenal

Evaluating Nicolas Pepe's First Season At Arsenal

Nicolas Pepe was Arsenal's big summer signing. The Gunners signed the winger from Lille for a club-record £72m, hoping he'd help push them into the top four. The team failed to reach that goal, but it's unfair to pin that solely on Pepe. That said, the Ivorian did have a turbulent first season in north London. From being benched by multiple managers, to assisting the winning goal in the FA Cup final he had highs and lows. Pepe was an …
Is Willian Really What Arsenal Need?

Is Willian Really What Arsenal Need?

Willian Borges da Silva looks set to leave Chelsea this summer after a very successful seven year spell that has seen him help the Blues to two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Europa League success. He has played a key role over his time at club and scored 63 goals under five different managers. He has been linked with a number of clubs who seem prepared to offer him the three year contract he …
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