The Broken Career of Abou Diaby

The Broken Career of Abou Diaby

Abou Diaby has, sadly, left the building. After nine years of an injury-riddled career with Arsenal, he was finally given his release. Diaby was once seen as the brightest new star to enter the Premier League in many years. Gunner manager Arsené Wenger referred to Diaby as the next Patrick Viera — except that he was viewed as having even more impressive attacking skills than the formidable, former Arsenal captain. But how accurate an assessment is this? Has Abou Diaby, …
Eden Hazard vs David Silva: Who is better?

Eden Hazard vs David Silva: Who is better?

"Some men just want to watch the world burn."
Twitter is a funny place. Certain people like to drop a grenade in the middle of a conversation and watch the chaos as it ensues. This happens on a daily basis when one fan says one of their players is better than an opponent's player and it gets hundreds of retweets and then fans from the other team chime in. People love the attention so make ridiculous comparisons, for …
Dawn of a new era at Manchester City?

Dawn of a new era at Manchester City?

Manchester City fans and Pellegrini were riding high after the Premier League win two years ago, and then the Capital One Cup victory from last season. It did raise the question as to whether Pellegrini was at all the right man for the job. It was necessary to assess and understand the changes that would be required to restore City to the powerhouse they were. It seemed like bringing down the average age of the team was a priority, especially …
What are the Top Four's Weaknesses?

What are the Top Four's Weaknesses?

Manchester United: Central Defence [caption id="" align="alignright" width="286"] Otamendi would be a huge addition for United.[/caption] United have been heavily linked to La Liga studs Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi this summer, and with good reason: their centre-halves are not Premier League-winning quality. Phil Jones is a far more dependable defender than he gets credit for; he earned a 7.51 rating from Whoscored last season, higher than Arsenal stalwart Laurent Koscielny. He had an impressive 7.5 clearances per game for the Red …
Crystal Palace v Manchester City – Betting Preview

Crystal Palace v Manchester City – Betting Preview

Where do Manchester City Still Need to Strengthen?

Where do Manchester City Still Need to Strengthen?

When Manchester City defeated Stoke to win the FA Cup in 2011, it signalled the end of a 35 year period without a major trophy. City followed up their cup success by winning the Premier League trophy in 2012, and many thought that a period of domestic dominance would follow. An onslaught on the Champions League was surely only a matter of time. It hasn't exactly worked out like that since. City did win a second Premier League title last …
Delight in Pellegrini's Plight Ignores First Season Success

Delight in Pellegrini's Plight Ignores First Season Success

Where now for Manchester City? Runners up in the Community Shield, out of both domestic cups in the fourth round, seemingly out of the title race, and now out of the Champions League at the hands of a Barcelona side who rarely looked troubled by City’s high earning stars. The future looks bleak for their manager, but if the target of five trophies in five years is to be believed, then he just might be given the chance to turn …
Is English football fading away from European glory?

Is English football fading away from European glory?

On Wednesday night, an inspired 10-man PSG proved to be too much of a task for Chelsea and a 2-2 draw sent the London club crashing out of the most prestigious football competition on away goals already after Round of 16. All the controversy and emotions from the match managed to somewhat overshadow one bleak prospect for English football: For the second time in the last three years, there is a real chance that there will be no representative of …
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