Signing a Cech for Success and Mignolet's Costly Overdraft

Signing a Cech for Success and Mignolet's Costly Overdraft

Being a goalkeeper is hard. When you concede goals you're criticised and when you keep clean sheets, it’s usually the centre-backs who earn all the praise. But when you're competing at the top, having a good goalkeeper can make all the difference. When Arsenal signed Petr Cech from Chelsea in the summer, many regarded it as one of the best pre-season transfers. For over ten years at the Blues, he was regarded as one of the world’s best and he …
Do Arsenal Need Further Reinforcements?

Do Arsenal Need Further Reinforcements?

This 2015/16 Premier League campaign has been an odd one at the top end of the league, with reigning champions Chelsea doing so poorly, early leaders Manchester City stuttering and Leicester surprising all by keeping pace with the leaders. The inconsistent form of the top clubs has almost made it seem as though the trophy is in some way cursed or smeared in something unpleasant and as a result, nobody wants to win it! What it has done, is present …
Possession: It's Overrated

Possession: It's Overrated

Some football stereotypes don't shift, Sam Allardyce is a long ball merchant, Spurs fall at the final furlong, the Theatre of Dreams plays exciting football and Arsene Wenger believes predominantly in possession football and the Tiki Taka style of football. As the above graphic shows this year there are shifting sands of time, Wenger obviously instructed Cech to go long. 19 long accurate kicks equates to one every 4.5 minutes, effectively every 5 minutes a long ball. This goes massively …
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspurs Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspurs Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal have been on a golden run in the league over the last 5 games, winning every single one of them. They are neck to neck against Manchester City, sitting in second spot only because of an inferior goal difference. They host cross town bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday who have been on a good run themselves, winning on 4 of their last 6 outings. However, Arsenal will need to put behind the ghost of the heavy loss suffered against …
Chelsea Not Yet Among the Champions League Elite

Chelsea Not Yet Among the Champions League Elite

In the past, reigning supreme in England has guaranteed fear in European competitions. Before 2013, 7 out of the previous 8 European Cup/Champions League finals had featured an English team; since Chelsea shocked German giants Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, however, zero of the last six finalists have been from England. The Premier League may continue to be the world's richest and most popular domestic league, but its teams' influence in Europe has diminished significantly. Last year was a low …
Arsenal's Transfers: Vidal and the striker...

Arsenal's Transfers: Vidal and the striker...

As far as I’m concerned Cech is an Arsenal player – so I won’t be entertaining any comments that I’m jumping the gun. What I feel needs commenting on, is below. The formation and team I’ve detailed below is, worryingly, a lot of Arsenal fan’s preferred team, minus any potential signings that will improve what I have selected. These two points I’ve made tie in nicely, if the fans want superstar players – but want a majority of the team I’ve …
How the Cech signing effects Arsenal's other goalkeepers

How the Cech signing effects Arsenal's other goalkeepers

At the time of writing, Petr Cech signing for Arsenal has not been conformed yet, but every media outlet, including the BBC and David Ornstein, is reporting that this deal is happening.  Arsenal are signing a world class goalkeeper and this should be a big signing and have a big impact on their possible title challenge.  Arsenal fans have been clamouring for a World Class goalkeeper for years and this signing should make them very happy. The signing of Cech has …
Petr Cech - End of an Era at Chelsea?

Petr Cech - End of an Era at Chelsea?

Chelsea fans, get ready to bid farewell to Petr Cech, as the legendary goalkeeper is all set to leave Stamford Bridge after 11 years. A £6million signing from Rennes in July 2004, Cech has enjoyed plenty of success at Chelsea. Before this season, the Czech Republic goalkeeper was a constant element in all of his time at the club. He has won four Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Europa League among several other accolades while at Chelsea. He has …
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