Arsenal put on a special display

This season marks ten years since Arsenal won the League title at their invincible best and Saturday’s 4-1 win at Norwich had the same flair and prowess of Arsenal’s past. After a disappointing home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season Arsene Wenger’s side has blossomed into title contention. Seven games on and Arsenal have surprised everyone by heading the Premier League table.

At the Emirates on Saturday, the home team’s attacking play was purposeful, creative and clinical, as has been the case throughout this season. Wenger’s side entertained the crowd with their team play as his attacking players wove together exquisite passes to expose the Norwich City defence. Continue reading

Sir Alex Ferguson: Can anyone surpass his achievements?

Sir Alex Ferguson’s announcement this morning has sent shockwaves throughout the footballing world. 26 years, 38 trophies, 13 leagues titles; his retirement will be a great loss to football. In his 26 years at the helm of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has achieved unrivalled success and his ability to continually build upon his previous squads is what has made him an anomaly in the game.

Ferguson is ,without question the most successful manager in the English game. His records are staggering; the United treble of 1999 and surpassing Liverpool’s 18 league titles are just two of his greatest achievements.

It is worth remembering the situation in which the soon-to-retire Manchester United manager took the reins at Manchester United in 1986. United were still awaiting their first Division One title since Matt Busby’s side won in the 1966-67 season, with Denis Law as their top goalscorer.

He dd not immediately bring success either, finishing in 11th place in two of his first 3 seasons. Fast forward to 2013 and the clubs position in global football is incomparable. Ferguson has left Manchester United in arguably the strongest position that the club has ever been in.

So, the question arise of whether anyone can possibly match the Scot’s success. He is arguably the greatest manager in the history of football, but who can surpass him? Here are my top 3 candidates of the moment: Continue reading

Oscar thrills in the Champions League… again

Oscar's 40-yard strike helped the Blues to their 3-2 win.
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Last night in the Champions League, it was time for two of the British teams in the competition to show Europe how both talent and desire can help you win. Chelsea’s late 3-2 victory against Shakhtar Donetsk Chelsea was arguably overshadowed by Celtic’s remarkable … Continue reading

Euro 2012: Play with Flair’s tip to win.

With only two days until the start of the European Championships it is clear that before kick-off on Friday Spain, Germany and the Netherlands are the three favourites to win the tournament.

These three teams may be worthy challengers but I believe that France should be the team to watch this year. So, why is France my tip for the tournament? Continue reading

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba points to the heavens after scoring Chelsea's equaliser.
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If Chelsea’s Champions League final win last night could be told through one man it would be Didier Drogba. Eight years as a Chelsea player and eight years as their talisman was encapsulated in one breathtaking performance. Of course, if possession statistics could win … Continue reading

A Premier League Hangover

Mario Balotelli, Roberto Mancini and Vincent Kompany celebrate Man City's first title win for 44 years.
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The weeks after the Premier League season finishes are a tough test for football fans. They know that a nine -month long discussion of great goals, footballing tactics and controversial chickens must come to an end, leaving football fans with a terrible hangover.  So, it is a natural reaction … Continue reading

Van Persie’s form down to his ‘lucky pen’

Robin Van Persie and Fabrice Muamba meet as Van Persie congratulates his former teammate for his miraculous recovery.
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Last night, I was extremely fortunate to be invited to the Football Writers’ Assosciation gala dinner, where Robin Van Persie received his Footballer of the Year award. The entire evening was celebratory as Fabrice Muamba, accompanied by his fiancee Shauna … Continue reading

Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola: The master or his pupil?

Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola’s resignation this week, although not a complete shock, marks the end of a stunning era at Barcelona. His philosophy of how the game should be played has ultimately developed one of the greatest teams ever to grace the planet. … Continue reading