There’s not much going on in the aftermath of drawing Napoli in the quarter-final. Some people continue to witter on about that mask; just get over yourselves. The bloke wasContinue readingThe Champions League: UEFA’s Church of the Poisoned Minds
Arsenal 3 – 0 Rennes Arsenal broke their 56-year hoodoo and overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit to progress to the next round in European competition. A return to the ChampionsContinue readingRennes Bring Footballing Indigestion, Napoli The Relief
I don’t know if Unai Emery will make that change to Sunday’s formation but I like the thought of a midfield diamond pressurising Rennes into surrender this season. The FrenchContinue readingRennes Preview: Diamond’s Are A Goal’s Best Friend
They tell we’re all going to hell in a handcart because English football is having its worst year for football-related arrests. But that isn’t the real issue here; I’ve justContinue readingFootball Is Down But Not Beyond Redemption
The accrid smell of bitterness from the pundits sofa made the win over Manchester United all the sweeter. Tottenham’s desire to implode at the earliest opportunity now makes third aContinue readingManchester United Review: The Sweet Taste of Punditry Bitterness
Rennes 3 – 1 Arsenal Matteo Gunedouzi found football’s ability to make a player eat his words is as strong as ever. Twenty-four hours after he proclaimed he played withContinue readingRennes Review: Arsenal Ability To Self-Destruct Remains Undimmed
Let’s get this out of the way first of all. VAR, idolised the night before, found itself as welcome as dog turd you stepped on without realising. Interrupting a last-ditchContinue readingVAR: The Empire Strikes Back & Rennes Preview
Ajax’s tremendous performance in the Bernabeu last night is in danger of being forgotten in the faux controversy over VAR. And it is a faux controversy. Whether you like itContinue readingVAR-sighted: Officials Becoming Stars of the Show
Attention turns to the last sixteen of the Europa League with Thursday night’s trip to Rennes firmly in view. The foibles of form and the fixture list mean it isContinue readingOn Rotation, Foul Play, Rotational Foul Play and Law Changes
The dust is settling on the weekend’s football with most attention focused on Liverpool’s flop at Goodison Park. Jurgen Klopp confronted a ballboy (apparently) who frankly deserved a medal forContinue readingOn Season-Changing Performances and Hopes
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Arsenal 2 – 0 Southampton All the drama came elsewhere on what was generally a good day for Arsenal. The first half performance against Southampton stands comparison with the bestContinue readingRevenge Is Served Up As Arsenal Take Fourth
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The Europa League returned with the Round of 32 completed this week with few surprises. On Friday morning at UEFA headquarters, the Round of Sixteen draw kept the big gunsContinue readingEuropa League: Can Arsenal Win It?
Arsenal 3 – 0 BATE Borisov If Mesut Ozil wants to know what life is like post-Arsenal, he could do worse than look at Alex Hleb. Selling the Belorussian toContinue readingBATE Review: Job Done & Rennes Await
When Unai Emery was chosen to replace Arsene Wenger, many fans were hopeful that the Spanish manager can lead Arsenal to glory. Not this season, of course – Emery outlinedContinue readingWho Must Arsenal Sign To Be Contenders?
Unai Emery met the press yesterday ahead of a must-win match tonight. It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these, eh? The Spaniard is rapidly coming to gripsContinue readingBATE Preview: Do You Want That Battered?
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