Archive | 2013

Fantasy football has serious downsides

…I signed up for a fantasy football league. It has become clear this was a mistake. Patjim Kasami scored a chest-and-volley for Fulham last month that was thrilling, unforgettable, as good as that bit in Apollo 13 where they don’t burn up on re-entry – and I watched it miserably. Kasami was in my fantasy […]

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Arsenal need Podolski and Walcott back

Despite being able to put out a decent first XI on Sunday against Manchester United, Arsenal’s chances of getting back into the game, having gone behind to Robin van Persie’s goal, were restricted because of lack of options from the bench. From an attacking point of view they had Serge Gnabry, stricken with the same […]

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Latest injury a turning point moment for Messi

…”There’s fitness and conditioning, of course, but there are other things that might seem on the periphery, like sleeping in the right position, having the same pillow when you are away and training in different places. Do you really know how to clean your hands? Without leaving the bits between your fingers? If you do […]

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The Fan and the Footballing Spectacle

Stoppage time: where you’ll find frank assessments and comments of footballing states-of-affairs and philosophies. Find yourself tired of listening to football pundits saying the same thing over and over again? We take a different stance, talk about issues that may just be beneath the surface. Yeah, saying exactly the same things, but in different words. Visit […]

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Dortmund 0 Arsenal 1

Tactical Analysis Jürgen Klopp was keen to highlight the difference in style between Dortmund and Arsenal when interviewed by English journalists earlier this week. “[Arsène Wenger] likes having the ball, playing football, passes … it’s like an orchestra,” the Dortmund manager said. “But it’s a silent song, yeah? I like heavy metal.” With that analysis in mind, this […]

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Tactics: David Moyes is making mark at Manchester United

The most obvious feature of David Moyes’s coaching philosophy is his emphasis upon width – asking his central midfielders to spread the play, and encouraging the full-backs forward to create overloads with the wide midfielders. This was an unspectacular performance from Manchester United but suggested Moyes’s players are becoming familiar with their duties. At Everton, Moyes created the […]

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Wenger – How I plan European away games

As Arsenal prepare to jet off to Germany for the crucial Group F fixture against Borussia Dortmund, Arsène Wenger has given us an insight into how he structures a Champions League away trip. The Gunners have travelled to various parts of Europe for Champions League matches in each of the past 16 seasons, and the […]

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Does Giroud Have the Potential to be World Class?

Written by: The Clock End: We prefer to produce in-depth explorations of the dimensions of Arsenal rarely Blogged about – the history, the personalities, and the club as a whole. Additionally, we post an in-depth match analysis along with descriptive player ratings after every competitive match. Less news, more Arsenal. Follow them on twitter: https://twitter.com/TheClockEnd_com Does Giroud Have the […]

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Post-Gareth Bale: Tottenham Report

    So the rumbles of Tottenham discontent during the 1-0 win over Hull City at White Hart Lane on Sunday have to be placed in context: It was enough to irritate Andre Villas-Boas, who complained about the atmosphere afterwards, but was far from a whole-scale revolt. Still, there was frustration, which perhaps is understandable. Spurs stand fourth in […]

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Savage on Man U: They won’t finish in the top 4

This is not going to be a popular opinion at Old Trafford, but there is no point in pulling punches. I don’t think Manchester United are going to finish in the top four this season – because the fear factor among visiting teams has gone. … As I’ve said in this column before, I like David […]

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