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PFA Team of the Year 2017/18 Surprisingly thi…

PFA Team of the Year 2017/18

Surprisingly this is Sergio Aguero’s first selection for the XI and David De Gea gets his fifth selection in seven years.

MERCI ARSÈNE! After 22 years at the Arsenal he…

MERCI ARSÈNE!
After 22 years at the Arsenal healm, Arsène Wenger confirmed he will be departing the club at the end of this season. Certainly an end of an era.

Wengers Record:
• 3 Premier League titles
• 7 FA Cups
• 7 FA Community Shields
• 1 Invincible Season

MAN CITY CROWNED CHAMPIONS Manchester City wer…

MAN CITY CROWNED CHAMPIONS
Manchester City were crowned champions after beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 and Manchester United succumbed to a 1-0 loss to West Brom.

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THE BURNLEY WALL Sean Dyche has proved that t…

THE BURNLEY WALL

Sean Dyche has proved that to be successful in football, you do not need to be flashy. Taking a mediocre side like Burnley to seventh on the log. The side plays a simple route one, long ball style. They hold their lead and keep their sheets clean. With the side scoring 29 (this is less than Crystal Palace and the same as Stoke City and Southampton) but have only conceded 27 (this is less than Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal). But we look at the three players that stand out in a very dull Burnley squad.

NICK POPE has proved to be one of England’s best goalkeepers after stepping in for the injured Tom Heaton. Providing stability at the back and commanding his box, he has been one of the best performers this season. With zero errors leading to goal, he is a composed goalkeeper with an imposing stature.
THE STATS
-Appearances: 28
-Clean Sheets: 10
-Conceded: 23
-Saves per game: 3.2

JAMES TARKOWSKI had the task of replacing the outgoing Michael Keane. And while Keane has flopped, Tarkowski has flourished and himself an England call up. He has a no-nonsense style of defence and is strong in the air. He also keeps the box clean, clearing the ball up field to break down attacks and force opposition to run back.
THE STATS
-Appearances: 24
-Tackles per game: 1.7
-Interceptions per game: 1.6
-Aerial duels won per game: 5.1
-Clearances per game: 7.2

BEN MEE has been entrusted with the captaincy through Tom Heaton’s absence. He is the more composed central defender and orchestrates the defence to make sure they keep pressure on the opposition attack. Plays long balls up for their route one style of play.
THE STATS
-Appearances: 29
-Tackles per game: 1.1
-Interceptions per game: 1.1
-Pass accuracy: 76.3%
-Fouls per game: 0.5

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WHO IS THE PREMIER LEAGUE’S BEST ENGLISH…

WHO IS THE PREMIER LEAGUE’S BEST ENGLISH CENTRE MID?

Cast your mind back 10 years ago, England had the midfield options of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Michael Carrick and Gareth Barry. Now England have the likes of Jake Livermore and Lewis Cook for the picking. But who is England’s current best central midfielder?

With exclusion to the likes of Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Adam Lallana, as these players play far more attacking roles in the midfield. But the three players we look at are Jack Wilshere, Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Who is the best player, leader and in better form.

We start with Jack Wilshere, a former wonderkid that came through the Arsenal youth ranks, but in recent years he has been an inconsistent performer and has picked up the tag as an injury prone player. He has been selected for two major tournaments for England (World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016), but these call-ups were not justified by his performance, as he was injured for majority of the time before the tournaments. However this season he has shown glimpses of the promise he once showed as a youngster, however is it enough to make him a starter?

The Stats (2017/18)-in all competitions
Games: 31 (8 as a substitute)
Goals/Assists: 2/3
Pass Success %: 86.2
Tackles/Interceptions (per 90): 0.6/0.3
England Caps: 34 (2 Tournaments)

Moving on to Eric Dier. One of the only England player’s to play outside of Britain, Eric Dier brings something to the table that both Henderson nor Wilshere have, that is versatility. He is able to play as a ball playing centre back, a holding midfielder or a box to box midfielder. Since moving to Tottenham in 2014, it is sfae to say that he has been one of the many star performers in the squad. His only international experience coming from a disappointing Euro 16, Dier is one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League and has stepped up in European Competitions too. However he has very little international experience compared to the two. But will this matter?

The Stats (2017/18)-in all competitions
Games: 40 (2 as a substitute)
Goals/Assists: 0/2
Pass Success %: 85.3
Tackles/Interceptions (per 90): 1.7/1.3
England Caps: 24 (1 Tournament)

Having been given the mammoth task of succeeding the legendary Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, Jordan Henderson also acts as England’s captain, as Gareth Southgate still has not a picked a captain. A consistent yet quiet performer, Henderson is both overrated and underrated, a player stuck between mediocre and world class. He’s made the Liverpool armband his own, but seems a far cry from the previous England captains. Having starred in three major tournaments with England, he is the most experienced of the three, will Southgate look to him as his starting central midfielder?

The Stats (2017/18)-in all competitions
Games:b28 (3 as a substitute)
Goals/Assists: 1/1
Pass Success %: 83.6
Tackles/Interceptions (per 90): 2.1/1.2
England Caps: 37

Stats don’t lie, but who is England’s best central midfielder and who will be starting in Russia? In my opinion I would take Dier, he would control the midfield from the back and allow attacking players to express themselves and have freedom. He is the better player out of the three for club and has been for the past season or two.

WHERE DO ARSENAL GO? It’s coming toward…

WHERE DO ARSENAL GO?

It’s coming towards the business end of the season, the title is wrapped up, but Arsenal sit in sixth. They’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, no qualification for Europe’s top trophy and no chance of winning any domestic silverware. Every football fan will know of the outcry for legendary manager, Arsene Wenger, to get the sack. The club has been on a downward trajectory since the sale of Thierry Henry, you could say. Losing star player upon star player, crashing out early in the Champions League and continuously bottling the league. But what do Arsenal do next.

It’s obvious that the only way to salvage the season is to go all in with Europa League. With players like Aubameyang, Özil, Mkhitaryan, etc. I don’t see why not. Man United did it with a less talented squad last season. This would grant them automatic qualification for the Champions League next season. But with such a talented squad, you have the ask the question, why aren’t they competing for bigger things? All things point to Wenger. The players no longer play for him and he continues to try the same thing expecting different results. So would winning the Europa League be the best way for Wenger to depart Arsenal? I say yes. He’s never won European silverware before, falling short in a UEFA Cup (Europa League) and Champions League final. This could save his legacy and the club’s status among Europe’s elite.

So, what happens if Wenger leaves? Who comes in and who leaves? Arsenal have players like Cech, Cazorla and Mertersacker (the latter retiring end of the season) that must go onto better things. Not for them but for the club, they’re past their peak and taking up space in the squad. Players like Elneny, Welbeck and Ospina should be used as starting players, they aren’t at the quality of what Arsenal fans expect their club to have. They need to keep hold of Wilshere and Ramsey, they are British (which is a bonus for the quota) and they are instrumental leaders at the club. But the big question is, who replaces Wenger?

Simple! It’s not Massimiliano Allegri, sorry Arsenal fans. It’s gotta be Carlo Ancelloti. He’s proven to be a success in every league he’s played in, maybe he’s not the long term successor, but he’ll lay the foundation Arsene Wenger should’ve left for the next Arsenal manager. But I feel any coach would snatch at the opportunity to take charge of Arsenal. To rebuild a club in your own image, with a large budget and in the world’s greatest league, who wouldn’t?!

It’s only a matter of time before Arsene Wenger leaves, whether it’s mutual or by force, his legacy won’t be celebrated now but maybe in a few years Arsenal fans will appreciate what he did for the club.