Alexandre Lacazette Shows Wenger Why He Should Start Against Spurs

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for France in their 2-2 draw with Germany, and by this point in time, nobody could’ve been surprised by his performance. After all, this is the man who, with 30 goals across all competitions, has netted more often than any other Frenchman in 2017. That puts him ahead of football’s newest […]

Franck Kessie Highlights His Potential to Contribute for Milan

AC Milan didn’t exactly start well against Sassuolo. They weren’t awful by any means, and they certainly weren’t being exposed with regularity at the back, but there was a kind of staleness to their play. They could control possession with comfort, but they couldn’t progress. They ended up shifting the ball around in a U-shape, […]

Energetic Dani Alves Key to PSG’s Attack against Angers

  Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani were the main destroyers against Angers, scoring two goals each in Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 win over the weekend. Together, they showed why the capital club invested so much money into acquiring them, but another player, right-back Dani Alves, proved equally important despite his recent arrival on a free transfer. […]

Jack Wilshere Showing Signs of Working His Way Back to the Arsenal First Team

Jack Wilshere’s career has been impacted by highs as much as it has been by lows. Some of his work for Arsenal and England has been absolutely supreme, something evidenced by the fact that his UEFA Champions League performance against Barcelona, all the way back in 2011, has taken on something approaching mythical status. Yet […]

Talented Tanguy Ndombele Characterises Lyon’s Recruitment Strategy

On the surface, it looked like Lyon were in for a tough season. They didn’t just lose Ligue 1 superstar Alexandre Lacazette, their goalscoring machine, to Arsenal, but they also lost all-round midfielder Corentin Tolisso to Bayern Munich. Those were the biggest names to go, but midfield stalwart Maxime Gonalons also moved on, this time […]

Geoffrey Kondogbia Makes Positive First Impression at Valencia

The phrase ‘from the sublime to the ridiculous’ seems to have been invented for people like Geoffrey Kondogbia. He’s the type of player who will be making perfectly timed sliding tackles and completing roulette turns one minute before producing something like his bizarre pre-season own goal against Chelsea. That involved a 40-yard back-pass that looped […]

Why Always Mesut?

When Arsenal lose matches they should win, people tend to go big on a couple of things. The first is a lack of leaders, which is an interesting and potentially plausible theory, even if it’s very difficult to quantify for observers on the outside. The second is Mesut Ozil. The German playmaker is always one […]

Neymar Makes Bright Start on Debut in PSG’s 3-0 Win over Guingamp

Guingamp never seemed like the most likely location for Neymar’s Ligue 1 debut. The Stade du Roudourou, the home ground of En Avant de Guingamp, holds only a tick over 18,000 people, and though that number is far from a huge capacity, it’s actually quite impressive given that the commune of Guingamp encompasses a population […]

Luiz Gustavo Highlights His Importance to Marseille in the Club’s League Opener

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Ligue 1 at the moment. The French top-flight has added a number of impressive names to its ranks, most notably Brazilian superstar Neymar. Then there are coaching additions such as the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa and Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri, who have signed on with Lille and Nantes respectively. […]

Borja Valero Could be Key to Inter’s Success this Season

On the surface, Inter signing a 32-year-old might not seem like such a big deal. On the surface, the Nerazzurri are a physical side packed with plenty of young talent, which ranges all the way from Geoffrey Kondogbia to Roberto Gagliardini and Gabriel Barbosa. On the surface, the backing of Chinese owners Suning should allow […]