Is Olivier Giroud to West Ham the perfect move for all parties?

Is Olivier Giroud to West Ham the perfect move for all parties?

This summer marks five years since Arsenal lost their captain, Robin Van Persie, to title rivals Manchester United for a measly 24 million pounds. The deal was in the pipeline for some time, leading Arsene Wenger to seek attacking alternatives. A month earlier he had turned to Montpellier’s top goal scorer during their first ever Ligue 1 winning campaign, Frenchman Olivier Giroud. “He has a very good physical presence and is exceptional in the air, with a great work ethic,” …
Are Modern Footballers Losing Sight of a Sense of Loyalty?

Are Modern Footballers Losing Sight of a Sense of Loyalty?

Bobby Moore, West Ham's greatest footballer and England's World Cup winning captain was a professional, loyal and hard-working player. He played for the love of the game, down the road from where he grew up and at a club where he had spent years, mopping up the academy changing rooms and cleaning the managers' boots. Moore pledged himself to a career in football and to a club, where he learnt his trade with precision, support and care. Nowadays, footballers come …
Should Aaron Ramsey Leave Arsenal?

Should Aaron Ramsey Leave Arsenal?

Arsenal have been struggling with the same issues time and again, and this season appears to be no different. Wenger failed to do anything impactful in the transfer window, and their game on field is weak and seems unmotivated. Fans and critics are both tired of the same thing they have been subjected to for almost a decade now. Now, another reason for criticism is the way Aaron Ramsey’s fitness was handled. Ramsey has been prey to injuries off late, …
An Analysis of Wayne Rooney's Captaincy

An Analysis of Wayne Rooney's Captaincy

Wayne Rooney has been praised for his commendable captaincy at Manchester United by team-mates, management and outsiders alike, and rightfully so. After completing a decade at the club, Rooney’s determination to win the Premier League as a captain is strongly intact for the next season, thus engaging in a bid to inspire and motivate his men to focus only on the prize. In fact, his temperament as captain has even caught United legend Bryan Robson’s eye, who said that this …
Juan Mata: Why he deserves a place in United's starting eleven

Juan Mata: Why he deserves a place in United's starting eleven

There has been much criticism directed the way of Manchester United's diminutive midfielder Juan Mata since his £37.1 million move from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford in January 2014. Many believed at the start of the 2014/15 season, despite his impressive on-field relationship with Ander Herrera exhibited during pre-season, that Mata would be the 'fall guy' in the wake of United's epic splurge into the transfer market. It was often pointed out that Mata was yet to influence any of …
Comparing Olivier Giroud to Costa, Kane, Aguero and Van Persie

Comparing Olivier Giroud to Costa, Kane, Aguero and Van Persie

Ever since Robin Van Persie left Arsenal, the Gunners have been criticized for not having a top striker among their ranks.  It's been cited as a problem for them and a position to upgrade for the last few seasons.  Olivier Giroud has attempted to fill the shoes of the Dutchman in the last two seasons and he's come up wanting.  Often he has been unable to consistently perform and score at the rate necessary for a club like Arsenal. This …
Is There Really a “Campaign” Against Chelsea?

Is There Really a “Campaign” Against Chelsea?

Jose Mourinho really set oil on fire in his post-match interview following the Southampton game in December when he claimed there was a “clear campaign from referees, managers, other clubs and media against Chelsea”. This outburst retrospectively handed him a fine from the FA a few weeks ago. Like many others, I did not give those claims much importance and, rather associated them to Mourinho’s mind games ahead of the finish to the season. However the events of the past …
The Improvement of Olivier Giroud

The Improvement of Olivier Giroud

In the summer of 2012 Robin Van Persie left Arsenal for Manchester United with Arsenal fans devastated with the loss of their captain and top goalscorer.  While Arsene Wenger said that summer that no one individual was brought in specifically to replace the Dutchman, Olivier Giroud took his place as first choice striker.  Coming from Ligue 1 and playing in Ligue 2 only two years prior, the task of replacing a world class player like Van Persie was always going to …
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