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Granit Xhaka shows he’s on the right track for Arsenal

Even now, Granit Xhaka is misunderstood on a fairly consistent basis.

Observers still insist on comparing him directly to N’Golo Kante and Victor Wanyama, which is unusual given that the Swiss international is a completely different player from the other two. (more…)

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Everton’s strategy leaves them exposed against Liverpool’s lively attack

Despite Ronald Koeman’s post-match claims that he was proud of Everton’s effort in their 3-1 loss to Liverpool over the weekend.

There was no escaping the fact that, in a tactical sense, he got it wrong. (more…)

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Manchester City show the value of counter-attacking for big teams

Football isn’t always easy for the big teams.

They often come up against well organised defensive units and, most of the time, those units will sit back in a compact shape to make themselves difficult to penetrate. (more…)

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Variety key to Liverpool’s chances in the league

On the surface, Liverpool looked to have been a little unlucky against Swansea.

They enjoyed 74% of possession, 16 shots and allowed their opposition to shoot only six times. (more…)

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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…)

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Liverpool opt for control over intensity in win against Manchester City

Despite the size and the reputation of the two sides involved,

Liverpool’s New Year’s Eve clash with Manchester City didn’t exactly produce fireworks. (more…)

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How Olivier Giroud’s physicality allowed Arsenal to alter approach against West Brom

In their recent home match against West Bromwich Albion,

Arsenal dominated proceedings during the first half. (more…)

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic mixes the good with the bad against Manchester City

As far as bizarre performances go,

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s League Cup effort against Manchester City was right up there with the best of them. (more…)

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Why Alex Iwobi is Arsenal’s connector

Arsene Wenger thinks of Alex Iwobi as a connector.

“Football is perception, decision-making and acting,” the Arsenal boss asserted. (more…)

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A look at how Marouane Fellaini is finding his place at Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini hasn’t always been the most popular player at Manchester United.

But that could be about to change. (more…)

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Antonio Valencia continues to stake his claim as Manchester United’s right-back

As Jose Mourinho attempts to reformat his Manchester United side.

He’s got a bit to think about in the fullback positions. (more…)

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Despite his dynamism, Son Heung-min still has plenty to prove at Tottenham

It’s an interesting time to be a wide man at Tottenham.

Between guys like Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Clinton N’Jie, there certainly isn’t a shortage of options. (more…)

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Euro 2016: A look at Eder’s unlikely yet career-defining performance in the final

To put it simply, Eder was an unlikely match winner.

The striker’s international record pointed to that as Portugal went into the Euro 2016 final against France. (more…)

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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…)

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A look at Toni Kroos’s ability to dominate from deep at Euro 2016

At Euro 2016, a lot of teams have come into games with a defence-first mentality.

They’ve tried to sit back, eliminate the pockets in front of their goalkeeper and, when the opportunity has presented itself, attack largely in transition. (more…)

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