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Tottenham Hotspur combine strategy and execution to dismantle Chelsea

On Wednesday night at White Hart Lane,

Tottenham managed to snap Chelsea’s 13-game winning streak by propelling themselves towards a 2-0 victory. (more…)


Andrea Barzagli the unsung hero of Italy’s remarkable Euro campaign

Although Andrea Barzagli barely received mention for his impeccable performance in Italy’s monumental 2-0 triumph against Spain.

There could be no denying how integral the Juventus defender was in the stirring triumph. (more…)


Why Aaron Ramsey is such an integral component of Chris Coleman’s Wales

After 58 long years without playing in a major tournament.

Wales marked their return to the big stage in scintillating style by staging an inspirational 2-1 win over Slovakia in Bordeaux. (more…)


Diego Costa’s resurgence under Guus Hiddink showcases his undeniable quality

Diego Costa made it five goals in five games since the arrival of Guus Hiddink at Chelsea,

As he continued his resurgence under the Dutch tactician by scoring a wonderful goal in Chelsea’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Everton. (more…)


Why Olivier Giroud deserves more credit for all-round contribution to Arsenal

While so much talk has centred around Olivier Giroud’s shocking first half miss during Arsenal’s spectacular 3-3 draw with Liverpool.

The burly Frenchman’s overall contribution shouldn’t be overlooked as a result of this one mistake. (more…)


Why Calum Chambers deserves chance to prove himself in midfield

In what was just his second ever start in defensive midfield for Arsenal.

Calum Chambers put in a supremely accomplished showing against Eddie Howe’s crafty Bournemouth outfit. (more…)


Why Aleksandar Kolarov is such a vital component at Manchester City

It’s amazing to think.

Just five and a half years ago Aleksandar Kolarov was playing in a talented Lazio side. (more…)


Mesut Ozil’s defensive contribution vs United – A huge plus for Arsenal

“The anticipation and the expectation is obviously big.”

“We just want to prove ourselves and get the three points.” (more…)


Why Theo Walcott’s pace, positioning and movement are so crucial for Arsenal

Theo Walcott made it 12 goals in his last 13 Premier League starts,

With his well taken goal against Leicester City. (more…)


Is it feasible for Rafa Benitez to persist with Gareth Bale through the middle?

In a week where Dele Alli became the youngest player to score a Premier League goal for Tottenham since Gareth Bale vs Arsenal in September 2007,

You get the sense Bale wouldn’t have minded jumping back in a time machine and returning to that moment of unbridled joy eight years ago. (more…)


Pedro’s Barca upbringing sees him thrive in superb Chelsea debut

“He wasn’t quite Maradona but he was close” mused Jose Mourinho following Pedro’s outstanding Chelsea debut.

Mourinho was right, he wasn’t quite Maradona, but his performance still offered an insight into just how influential a player he could turn out to be for the Blues. (more…)


Could Max Gradel’s reunion with Bournemouth be match made in heaven?

The exodus of quality players from Saint-Etienne this summer has been relentless.

It’s been sad to see the club who remarkably finished fifth in Ligue 1 last term have their team decimated by the lure of greater riches elsewhere. (more…)


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s encouraging start to pre-season offers plenty of optimism

When Arsenal were negotiating the deal to bring in Petr Cech,

Chelsea, who were reluctant to let him go, decided they’d try and test Arsenal’s resolve by looking into the possibility of getting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain included in the deal. (more…)


2005 Champions League Final – Why Dietmar Hamann’s introduction was so crucial

“In 20 years’ time, that could be us.”

These were the words announced by Rafa Benitez, (more…)


Alexis Sanchez continues to show why he’s so valuable to Chile

Peru went into their colossal Copa America semi-final clash riding the crest of a wave and brimming with confidence.

After all, they had just demolished Bolivia 3-1. (more…)