Category: soccer

WHERE DO ARSENAL GO? It’s coming toward…


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.

SAINTS SACK MAURICIO Mauricio Pellegrino was …


Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked last night by the Southampton board after getting the team involved in a relegation battle this season. After finishing 8th last season, the club sit in 17th and a point away from the drop zone.

DERBY DAY WINNERS Manchester United saw off r…


Manchester United saw off rivals Liverpool to secure a 2-1 win, both goals courtesy of Marcus Rashford and Eric Bailly scoring an own goal for the visitors. This sees Man United 4 points clear in second place.

HISTORY MADE! Arsenal can take more than just…


Arsenal can take more than just the three points with their 3-0 victory over Watford. As they won their first game after 3 successive league defeats, Petr Cech became the first goalkeeper in PL history to reach 200 clean sheets and Mesut Özil became the fastest player to reach 50 assists in PL history.



The inexperienced football mind will always judge an attacker based on their goals and assists and the defender on their tackles and clean sheets. But what goes unnoticed is the transitioning from defence to attack. Many teams lack this sort of player, a player that can bring the ball from the defending third, into the midfield and lay it off for the attack. These sort of players go unnoticed and do not get the credit they deserve.

Step up Mousa Dembele, with no goals and assists registered so far this season, to many he’ll seem a mediocre player but ask any trained football mind or Tottenham Hotspur fan about the player and they’ll say he’s one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. Even though Dembele has scored less than his Belgian counterpart, it’s those unnoticed duties in the centre of the park that sets him apart from most of the players in the world, let alone the league. With Kane, Eriksen, Ali, Son and Lamela in attack, Dembele often does the dirty work in midfield alongside players like Died and Winks, but plays a completely different role compared to the latter.

Dembele contributes a fair amount in defence with 1.3 tackles per game and averaging an interception every game. But this is not his strength, it’s when he carries the ball up into attack and lays off the pass to set up attacks. Averaging 2.5 dribbles a game and 2.1 of those being successful. He also plays a short passing game from the holding midfield and has an astronomical 92.6% pass succession, the fourth best in the league behind the likes of Stones and Christensen who have the luxury of distributing the ball from the back.

With his transformation from an electric attacking midfield at Fulham to a general in the holding midfield for Tottenham, it’s clear to see that Mousa Dembele has made the position his own.



Carabao Cup Final (English League Cup) Man Ci…

Carabao Cup Final (English League Cup)

Man City crowned champions. Goals from Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

Gameweek 28 Results.

Gameweek 28 Results.