Belgium vs Algeria Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group H

Belgium vs Algeria Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group H

The opening match of Group H sees Algeria come up against a Belgium side that are many peoples dark horses to lift the World Cup trophy in Rio de Janeiro on July 13th. Belgium cruised through their qualifying group, finishing  top of a group that included Croatia, Serbia, Wales, Scotland and Macedonia, with the Red Devils only conceding 4 goals in their 10 matches. They failed to lose a single game during qualifying (Won 8, Drawn 2), with only Germany …
Vermaelen admits his future is up in the air

Vermaelen admits his future is up in the air

Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen has admitted he is unsure over his Arsenal future. Having lost his spot in the Arsenal first team due to injury and then the form of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesakar, Vermaelen faces an uncertain future with the Gunners. He admits it has been a frustrating period for him  "It is not easy, but I try to stay positive," added Vermaelen. "Firstly, I have been injured in the last couple of weeks, but when the boss …
How valuable is David Luiz to Chelsea? Compared to Kompany, Ferdinand & Vermaelen

How valuable is David Luiz to Chelsea? Compared to Kompany, Ferdinand & Vermaelen

In the wake of a rejected £35 million bid from Barcelona for Chelsea defender David Luiz, quite a debate has erupted over the former Benfica man’s actual worth to the team. Luiz, whilst a first-team stalwart and a fan favourite, has nevertheless been derided in the past by fans and pundits alike for his erratic defending, none more famously than Gary Neville. The former England right-back’s comments that Luiz defended like he was being controlled by a “10 year old …
Vermaelen to miss start of the season. Time for a new centre back? | Stats

Vermaelen to miss start of the season. Time for a new centre back? | Stats

Arsenal skipper, Thomas Vermaelen, has been ruled out for all of the teams preseason tour in Asia and will  miss the beginning of the The Gunners Premier League and Champions League campaigns.  Vermaelen aggravated a chronic back problem while on international duty with the Belgian national side and was unable to even travel to Asia, with the rest of his team.  Could this injury force Wenger to sign another centre back? Even though he is the team captain, Vermaelen hasn't …
Should Rodgers build Liverpool's defence around Agger? | Stats Analysis

Should Rodgers build Liverpool's defence around Agger? | Stats Analysis

Liverpool's 2012-13 season was definitely one full of mixed feelings. The team played their first campaign under a new manager, who was trying to implement his footballing philosophy. A mixture of questionable transfers and confusion on the last day of the transfer window forced Rodgers, in his first season at Liverpool, to give the youngsters a chance, and although most of them (especially Raheem Sterling) were highly impressive, the lack of experience backfired as the Reds couldn't find consistency through …
Arsene Wenger's position as Arsenal manager not in question

Arsene Wenger's position as Arsenal manager not in question

[caption id="attachment_26983" align="alignright" width="192"] Stan Kroenke pictured at the Bayern Munich fixture midweek is believed to back Arsene Wenger fully[/caption] Following their 3-1 defeat at home to Bavarian giants Bayern Munich in the first knockout round of the European cup on Tuesday evening, Arsenal headed into their monthly board meeting this afternoon with Arsene Wenger's future as club manager in absolutely no question whatsoever despite fierce criticism of the experienced Frenchman in recent weeks after the North London club's FA …
Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal career in numbers | Stats Analysis

Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal career in numbers | Stats Analysis

Since joining Arsenal from Ajax in 2009, Thomas Vermaelen has been integral to Arsene Wenger’s side despite the Gunners’ lack of silverware. The Belgian defender has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best and despite an injury-hit season in 2010/11 and a dip in form at the beginning of 2012/13; he has been consistently one of Arsenal’s better players. Arriving in 2009/10, Vermaelen quickly illustrated his attacking prowess with 7 Premier League goals in his debut season. Only …
Lies and Statistics: Arsenal's dominant defenders

Lies and Statistics: Arsenal's dominant defenders

Arsenal has one of the worst defenses in the league... ….Arsenal has the best starting defenders in Europe Arsenal’s defense lets them down in big games...  …Arsenal’s starting defense was undefeated against top 8 sides last year Arsenal ships too many goals… ...Arsenal’s preferred defensive unit conceded the fewest goals per game in recent Premier League history The negative generalizations listed above probably sound pretty damn familiar to Arsenal fans. Every time we turn on TalkSport or ESPN FC Press …