What Could Winning the FA Cup Mean for Mikel Arteta’s Tenure as Arsenal Manager?

Mikel Arteta Arsenal

Things were looking pretty gloomy at Emirates Stadium with Unai Emery at the helm and despite the initial excitement of appointing former player Mikel Arteta to take over his Spanish compatriot, there were still a lot question marks around the direction of the club. Arteta had been Pep Guardiola’s understudy for several years and his impeccable professionalism and a steady mentality as a player made him a great choice on paper. However, no one could say whether he will be able to withstand the pressure of managing at a top-level…

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Should Arsenal Get Rid of Mesut Ozil?

Should Arsenal Get Rid of Mesut Ozil

Arsenal’s Premier League season is over but the Gunners still have an FA Cup final against Chelsea to look forward to tomorrow. And it looks like their highest earner Mesut Ozil will once again not feature. The German has been completely frozen by new manager Mikel Arteta, and although the coach has cited back problems as the reason, it is apparent that he doesn’t trust Ozil to be the driving force of his offense. The situation seems to have reached a boiling point and it is bound to explode soon…

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Did the Hawk-Eye Technology Cost Bournemouth Their Place in the Premier League?

Hawk-Eye Technology and Bournemouth

The 2019/2020 was done and dusted last week but it seems the controversy is not over yet. We won’t be seeing EPL action until September but reports of Bournemouth seeking legal advice regarding a certain situation from a recent match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United have surfaced on Monday. The Cherries’ went down despite a spirited performance against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton in their last fixture, as the Villains secured a draw away to West Ham.  So, after a five-year stay at the top echelon, Eddie Howe’s team must now…

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2019/2020 Premier League Recap and a Look to Next Season

2019/2020 Premier League Recap

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the 2019/2020 Premier League campaign and what a year it was! The hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic was unprecedented and the big headline was Liverpool finally delivering the EPL trophy after a 30-year wait. However, there are quite a few other key aspects that marked the year and this is what I will concentrate on in this post. We now know which teams will be competing in the Champions League next season and who failed to retain their Premier League status. There is a…

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What Can Crystal Palace Expect from Nathan Ferguson?

Nathan Ferguson Crystal Palace

This week’s big transfer news comes from South London where young English starlet Nathan Ferguson has decided to continue his career with Crystal Palace. The young defender featured prominently for West Brom this season and has already racked up several appearancs for the Under-20s national team. In this piece, I highlight how exactly Palace was able to lure him to London and what can the Eagles’ fans expect from their new player. How Did Crystal Palace Seal the Deal? Ferguson’s transfer from West Bron didn’t go through without drama. The…

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How Good Is West Ham’s Czech Midfielder Tomas Soucek?

West Ham's Czech Midfielder Tomas Soucek

West Ham United desperately needed reinforcements in January as the club was deep in the fight for survival in the Premier League. Fans were expecting big names to come and help out their team, so the loan signing of Tomas Soucek from Czech outfit Slavia Prague went completely under the radar. Soucek had impressed in his home country and he was even nominated for Player of the Year there but it wasn’t clear whether he has the attributes to succeed in football’s most challenging domestic competition. However, the 25-year-old has…

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Should Liverpool Fans Be Excited About a Potential Thiago Alcantara Transfer?

Liverpool Thiago Alcantara

For a few days now, rumours of midfielder Thiago Alcantara joining Liverpool have been picking up speed. The Spaniard was one of the brightest prospects in the Barcelona academy some years ago before his move to Bayern Munich where he has established himself as a key piece in a team that has dominated the Bundesliga in recent seasons. On paper, a cut-price deal for such a great talent is a no-brainer but there are a few roadblocks ahead of the move. In this piece, I share my thoughts on what…

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What Does Man City’s Successful Ban Appeal Means for the Club?

Man City's Successful Ban Appeal

Manchester City fans across the world were anxiously holding their breath for the verdit of the Court of Arbitration for Sport this morning. The Cityzens ended up appealing a UEFA ban that threatened to remove them from Champions League contention for the next two years and their fate was to be decided by CAS. The Court took time to review the full details of the case and finally produced a verdict which was in favor of the Premier League club. In this post, I detail exactly why UEFA wanted to…

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Can Manchester United Return to the Top Next Season?

Manchester United Top Next Season

After winning their away game against Aston Villa yesterday, Manchester United became the first team to beat their opponents with a three-goal margin for four consecutive EPL games. Ole Gunnar Solskaejr started his tenure at Old Trafford with flying colors but the team did run out of steam and naturally, a lot of questions were raised as to whether the Norwegian is capable of returning Manchester United to the top of the table. In this piece, I detail how the club has been performing since Project Restart was put in…

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Is Aubameyang Truly a World-Class Striker?

Aubameyang Arsenal

Arsenal’s Ghabonese talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 20th Premier League goal of the campaign when he netted yesterday against Leicester City. This made him only the second Arsenal player to score 20 goals for the club in consecutive seasons which is a terrific achievement in and of itself. Aubameyang is adored by the Arsenal faithful and it is evident that Mikel Arteta relies a lot on the forward. Not only because of his goalscoring ability but because he is seemingly a very important figure in the dressing room. I definitely…

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Why a Move to the Premier League Makes Sense for Thomas Partey

Thomas Partey Premier League

Rumours about an impending transfer of Thomas Partey to the Premier League are heating up this week and in this post, I take the time to highlight the player’s skill set and share my thoughts on whether the league will suit him. Arsenal is said to be the frontrunners to bag the Ghanian enforcer but there are other clubs in the running who could very much use his talents in their respective squads. Let’s start off with a brief overview of what Partey can bring to the EPL. What Type…

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Why Have Goals in the EPL Dried Up Since Project Restart Began?

EPL Goals After Project Restart

Bar a couple of high-scoring games involving Machester City and Liverpool, goals have really dried up since the Premier League was rebooted. It’s true that the sample size is not very big but there are some trends that have emerged and the purpose of this piece is to examine the reasons behind the fewer goals scored during this time. How Have EPL Teams Fared in the Goals Department Recently? Manchester United managed to score three goals away at Brighton yesterday but this was one of the very few high-scoring games…

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Is This the Start of A Liverpool Hegemony in the Premier League?

Liverpool Hegemony in the Premier League

Liverpool are finally champions of the Premier League! After a 30-year drought, the Merseyside Reds wrapped up the title last week and although it came in very strange circumstances, the Liverpool faithful will hardly bat an eyelid. Jurgen Klopp’s squad was by far the best outfit during the entire year and despite a minor hiccup since Project Restart began, they were never in danger of missing out on the title this time around. This all begs the question: Is this the start of a Liverpool dynasty in the league? They…

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Was Arsenal Right to Hand David Luiz a New Contract?

Arsenal, David Luiz, Mikel Arteta, Raul Sanllehi, Edu Gaspar

Arsenal was one of the clubs I was looking forward to seeing play the most once the league restarted. Mikel Arteta’s appointment definitely had a positive effect on the players and the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium as a whole. It was evident that the Spaniard has a lot of work ahead of him to put the Gunners back among the top spots in the Premier League but there’s no doubt that the first signs since he took over have been quite positive. Unfortunately for Arsenal’s faithful, the team didn’t get…

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Is it Time for David De Gea to Move On From Manchester United?

David De Gea Manchester United

Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea has been one of Manchester United’s most consistent players since signing from Atletico Madrid back in 2011. When Sir Alex Ferguson brought in the goalkeeper, he immediately made a positive impact with his cerebral approach to the game and outrageous athleticism. For years de Gea has been regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in the world but the last few seasons have seen a massive drop in his form for both the national side and Manchester United. His mistake for the Tottenham goal in…

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When Does the Premier League Start and Where Are the Key Battles?

Premier League Key Battles

The Premier League is about to restart and millions of football fans worldwide will be able to enjoy an action-packed schedule which should see the league conclude before the UEFA-mandated deadline of August 2nd. In this piece, I take a look at when exactly do the games start and where they are going to be played. The project to reboot the most-watched domestic competition in Europe endured a few rocky moments along the way but it seems that both the league’s governing body and the UK government are now in…

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What Will Happen to Chelsea’s Current Strikers if Timo Werner Signs?

Timo Werner Chelsea

This week, news came out that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has agreed personal terms with Chelsea. The transfer sum negotiations between the two clubs are yet to take place but it does seem highly likely that a deal will go through. This is a big statement of intent from both the London Blues and Frank Lampard as a manager but it will also have major repercussions to the current squad. Especially the players fighting for the starting berth at the number 9 position. I take a look at the…

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What We Learned From the Premier League Teams’ Friendlies

Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Newcastle United Logos

As we edge closer to the official return of the Premier League, the players and coaching staffs of the clubs are hard at work to ensure they are ready for the challenge both physically and mentally. Some of the leading EPL squads were put to the test over the weekend and in this piece, I share a brief overview of the exhibition matches they played and what were the main aspects to take away from their respective performances. Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskajer and his staff opted to stage a…

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Which Clubs Are After Timo Werner and How Would He Fit In?

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is definitely among the hottest properties on the European football market and it seems that a couple of clubs are working hard to persuade the player to join their ranks. Werner’s release clause of £49m expires in about two weeks so it’s no surprise that the elite organizations are after him even in these uncertain times. In this post, I go over the clubs that are rumored to be the frontrunners for his signature and how he would fit in with each one. Bayern Munich…

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How Will Premier League Relegation Be Handled for the Remainder of the Season?

2019/2020 Season Premier League Relegation

We are edging closer and closer to the restart of the Premier League which is an exciting thought but it’s also true that there are still too many unknowns. This week’s hot topic concerns the relegation battle and how it will be handled if the season doesn’t restart. The league’s governing body has come up with a plan but it has quickly come under fire from multiple directions. In this piece, I detail what the Premier League’s current idea is, whether it will come to fruition and how it will…

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When Will the 2020/2021 Premier League Season Start?

2020/2021 Premier League Season Start

With all the focus being on restarting the Premier League and concluding the 2019/2020, it seems that the Premier League board has been keeping themselves busy with other plans as well. Some of the most reputable news outlets in England have published rumors that the league’s governing body has agreed on a start date for the 2020/2021 campaign. I should note that this is not yet official and we will know more when the board conducts its shareholders’ meeting tomorrow but it does seem that there is a firm intention…

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What Should Teams in the Top 4 Race Do to Clinch a Champions League Spot?

Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Sheffield United, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur Logos

Despite all the uncertainty that looms over the remainder of the Premier League season, we’re bound to get back to action sooner rather than later. And one of the first questions that come to mind is what is going to happen in the Top 4 race. The battle for the Champions League places has defined the recent years in the competition and this season promises to produce one of the most exciting conclusions of we’ve witnessed in modern history. We are yet to see what exactly will happen to Manchester…

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Will the Premier League Actually Restart in June?

Upcoming Premier League Restart

One of the most highly-anticipated resolutions in the world of football right now is the decision on when the Premier League is coming back. Since  the league’s governing body laid out the plan for a restart, it looked like things are slowly going to go back to normal. However, after further inspection, the so-called Project Restart raised more questions than providing answers and the latest developments around it don’t make it look like we’re any closer to a return of football in England. In this post, I look at what…

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What Can Saul Niguez Bring to Manchester United?

Saul Niguez Manchester United

Manchester United has long been scouting the field for a quality defensive midfielder and now it looks like that they have finally found one. Reports surfaced that Atletico Madrid are ready to sell Saul Niguez to the English giants. Now, for anyone who has followed the career of the Spanish player, it comes as no surprise that these rumors are picking up speed. United have long been linked to Saul and it’s evident the club’s management are avid admirers of his talents. However, it seems that a deal is closer…

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The Latest on Project Restart and What It All Means for the 2019/20 EPL Season

Premier League Project Restart

We all know that we’re going to get Premier League football sooner rather than later but the details remain clouded in uncertainty. The league’s plan of resuming action gave hope to the millions of EPL fans around the world but for everyone that looked beyond the surface, Project Restart did have several glaring holes that made its implementation hard, to say the least. In this piece, I look at what the latest developments around rebooting the league are and share my thoughts on how it may affect the key battles…

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