Why Arsenal Needed to Buy a Defensive Midfielder

Why Arsenal Needed to Buy a Defensive Midfielder

Going into the 2014 summer transfer window, it seemed like the Arsenal squad had two glaring holes.  The two glaring holes were at striker and defensive midfielder. Arsene Wenger addressed his need for a striker with the signings of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.  The club did not address the weakness at defensive midfield over the course of the window. Defensive midfield has been a problem for Arsenal for a few windows now.  Numbers-wise, Arsenal are fine with Mathieu Flamini, …
Fabregas: Can Cesc recreate his Arsenal form at Chelsea?

Fabregas: Can Cesc recreate his Arsenal form at Chelsea?

Eyebrows were raised when Chelsea surprisingly leapt in to steal the signing of former Premier League and Arsenal star, Cesc Fabregas. Barcelona are going through a transitional period at the moment and have let stars like Fabregas leave in order to acquire the bulk of the finance to bring Luis Suarez to their ranks. The Gunners had first refusal on Fabregas but opted not to take back the fan favourite, instead choosing to spend the money on Chile’s Alexis Sanchez. …
Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 7 points with a crucial victory over Spurs at Stamford Bridge. The pre-match team sheets came with a few interesting selections, and Tim Sherwood talked of springing a few surprises of his own for Chelsea. Chelsea Chelsea's line-up had the cliche characteristics of a Mourinho side, prioritising a strong and reliable defence, with a robust and powerful midfield. David Luiz was left out and Nemanja Matic continued …
Nemanja Matic - The Growing Influence

Nemanja Matic - The Growing Influence

Chelsea's best period came arguably in the era of Mourinho-I. What set that team apart from all the others in the world was the sheer quality of that team's midfield. That midfield, comprising of Lampard, Ballack, Essien and Makelele, with Mikel, Diarra and Geremi chipping in, was strong enough to bulldoze a dozen oxen off the field, silken enough to make a saree feel shy and efficient enough to make Carnot engines look like sloths. High, reveling in their success, …
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