Premier League Midfield Engines: Toure, Henderson, Fabregas, Ramsey compared

Premier League Midfield Engines: Toure, Henderson, Fabregas, Ramsey compared

Last season was a perfect example of how teams are in need of at least one box-to-box midfield engine that has the well-rounded ability to influence play at both ends of the field. Yaya Toure had arguably his best season in a Man City shirt, finishing as their top scorer and helping them win the league. Jordan Henderson made huge strides last year for Liverpool and was widely regarded as the most improved player in the Premier League. Arsenal looked …
Jack Wilshere: What's His Best Position and Where Does He Fit?

Jack Wilshere: What's His Best Position and Where Does He Fit?

Since breaking through in 2010-2011, Jack Wilshere has been known as the "next big thing. However, Wilshere's development has not gone as everyone hoped it would. The young England international has been troubled with injuries throughout his young career. Wilshere had a terrible time after his breakthrough season missing 17 months through injury, and since then the young Arsenal midfielder has had a tough time staying fit. Wilshere is still quite young with time to make an impression, but he …
Most Popular Football Boots | Premier League's Best Boots

Most Popular Football Boots | Premier League's Best Boots

Have you ever made a trip to the shoe store to buy a pair of boots but returned empty handed because you didn’t know what your favorite Premier League player wore? Have you ever watched players flop to the ground after a tackle and think to yourself, “Man, I would never fall down if I had those boots on”? Are you just looking for cleats that are comfortable to play in and that would grant you Messi’s touch, Ronaldo’s close …
Arsenal 2013/14 Season Review

Arsenal 2013/14 Season Review

After scraping back into the Champions League on the last day of 2012-2013 season, Arsenal fans hoped to push on and improve. Arsenal had a very eventful season with some very high highs and some very low lows.  The North London club once again finished fourth, once again were knocked out in the round of 16 in the Champions League, but they finally broke the nine year trophy drought that has been hanging over them with an FA Cup victory. …
Arsenal v Hull City FA Cup Final Preview | Key Men Stats and Team News

Arsenal v Hull City FA Cup Final Preview | Key Men Stats and Team News

Back in its rightful place on the last day of the season (although not at 3pm), it is FA Cup final weekend with Arsenal hoping to finally have some joy in a cup final at the new Wembley and Hull looking to win their first ever major competition. This is a massive match for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger after 9 years with no trophy firmly hanging over them. Wenger will be happy with Arsenal’s form heading into the match though, …
The Premier League's Most Improved Players | Henderson & Ramsey

The Premier League's Most Improved Players | Henderson & Ramsey

As the 2013/14 Premier League season draws to a close, we are beginning to see awards at club and divisional level being handed out. Luis Suarez picked up the PFA Player of the Year award, while Eden Hazard picked up the organisation’s Young Player of the Year award. However, these awards often don’t take the league’s most improved players into account and so I have my own opinion on the matter. Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey win in …
Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 | Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 | Tactical Analysis

The home side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 system. Olivier Giroud lead an attack supported by Cazorla, Ozil and Podolski in attacking midfield. Deeper sat Arteta and a returning Aaron Ramsey whilst Szczesny’s goal was protected by Monreal, Sagna, Koscielny and Mertesacker. Newcastle lined up in a 4-5-1 seemingly in an attempt to stifle Arsenal’s midfield that thrives in advanced central spaces. A back line of Dummett, Debuchy, Coloccini and Williamson protected Tim Krul behind a 5 man midfield …
Early Look at Premier League Team of the Year | Hazard, Ramsey, Suarez & Sturridge

Early Look at Premier League Team of the Year | Hazard, Ramsey, Suarez & Sturridge

As we near the beginning of spring and league tables throughout the country take shape, the talk will soon head towards who the best players of the season have been. Playing in a 4-2-2-2 formation, similar to Manchester City’s system, this is an early look at the Premier League team of the season so far. Wojciech Szczesny After some difficult seasons, where he saw his mental toughness questioned and was dropped for big games, Szczesny has begun to fulfil the …
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