London PL clubs in Europe: Statistical Outlook

London PL clubs in Europe: Statistical Outlook

This season, every Premier League club involved in European group stage action has successfully avoided a humiliatingly early exit. The difficulties associated with battling on two fronts are already well-documented in Premier League lore, as reinforced by the fact that the Champions League trophy has been absent from English shores since 2013. Even more staggeringly, 1999 remains the last time an English team won it without lucking out in a penalty shootout at the final, with 2008 still the last …
Evaluating Unai Emery's Start at Arsenal

Evaluating Unai Emery's Start at Arsenal

When Arsene Wenger stepped down at the end of last season he was leaving a gigantic hole for his successor to fill. Arsenal chose Unai Emery to fill that hole. His first six months have had some highlights, such as the 22 game unbeaten run, and some low-lights, such as the 5-1 beat down at the hands of Liverpool. More than halfway through the season the honeymoon period is over, so it is time to start evaluating the work Emery has …
Burnley vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Burnley vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Chelsea will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they visit Burnley on Sunday. The home side haven’t enjoyed the best start to the season and their defeat to Manchester City last weekend was close to embarrassing. That said, there will be more teams that go to the Etihad Stadium and concede plenty of goals. For the visitors, they will be wanting to increase the pressure on the league leaders with a similar performance at …
Burnley v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Burnley v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

As the final game before the first international break, Manchester United make a short trip to Burnley in Lancashire to prevent a third loss in the first four games - for the first time since 1987. Manchester United are in the middle of an actual crisis - yet not serious enough to press the panic button yet. Unlike the defeat against Brighton, United's performance in the first half against Tottenham Hotspur despite the nature of the result would have given …
Stephan Lichtsteiner to Arsenal: A Good Option from the Bench

Stephan Lichtsteiner to Arsenal: A Good Option from the Bench

Change is afoot at Arsenal. With Arsene Wenger’s departure and Unai Emery’s appointment, a lot of changes are being expected and I am sure they will take place in the due course of time. However, the first set of changes that have taken place are interesting, if not entirely expected. Per Mertesacker has announced retirement and is now the Under-21 manager for the Gunners. Santi Cazorla has been released as well. On the incoming side, Arsenal have announced the signing …
Arsenal Set to Hire Unai Emery as Wenger's Replacement

Arsenal Set to Hire Unai Emery as Wenger's Replacement

This article was published before Emery was announced as the new manager of Arsenal. After weeks of speculation that Arsenal would replace Arsene Wenger with former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, the BBC's David Ornstein is now reporting that former PSG and Sevilla boss Unai Emery will be appointed as the club's new manager. Given Ornstein's track record, it is relatively safe to assume that Emery will be Arsenal's new manager. With that in mind, it is a good time to …
Thoughts on Jose Mourinho & the Champions League Disaster

Thoughts on Jose Mourinho & the Champions League Disaster

Where to even begin? Before going into what Manchester United did or did not do against Sevilla in their disaster of a defeat on Tuesday night - it is important to revisit what Jose Mourinho said post match in one of the more (un)surprising (not in a pleasant way) press conferences since he took over the reins as Manchester United manager. Quickly after expressing his unwillingness to discuss or dwell on the defeat, the Portuguese began to open up by …
Arsenal's Europa League Group Preview

Arsenal's Europa League Group Preview

The name of Arsenal being associated with a competition like the Europa League has been nothing more than unthinkable in my lifetime. Under Arsene Wenger, the Gunners have been in Europe’s elite competition since he took charge of his first full season nearly 20 years ago. But this season poses a new challenge for the Frenchman; a debatably lesser one than that posed by the Bayerns and Barcelonas of recent Champions League campaigns but nevertheless a fresh one. Ahead of …
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