3 Key Things: A look at How Cesc Fabregas Used Clever Movement to Dominate against Newcastle

Cesc Fabregas produced a supreme display of midfield passing play in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United. He pulled the strings with his distribution, hitting long balls and shorter flicks around the corner, and this enabled him to be one of the game’s dominant players. Playing as a right-sided central midfielder, as a part of […]

Arsenal Exploit Huddersfield’s System to Claim 5-0 Win

Arsenal’s 5-0 demolition of Huddersfield was quite strange to watch. The Gunners started with a very early goal, scored by Alexandre Lacazette after some slick passing, but they quickly shifted into a holding pattern of ball retention and the occasional piece of sloppy passing. That sloppy passing looked like it could be Huddersfield’s only real […]

Arsenal’s Organisation Allows Their Front Three to Outpoint Tottenham

Arsenal put in a complete performance against Tottenham in the North London Derby. They defended beautifully, firstly by pressing before then settling into a deeper structure after half-time, and they also attacked with a combination of intelligence and quality. In a lot of ways, it could be argued that this was a measured yet brilliant […]

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 […]

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 […]

Liverpool Show Ability to Find Gaps in Man Utd Midfield in 0-0 Draw at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp wasn’t exactly thrilled with Liverpool’s performance against Manchester United, and in some ways, that was understandable. His Reds controlled the match, dominating in terms of both possession and shot creation, but they couldn’t find a way through. The contest therefore ended in a 0-0 stalemate, and though Klopp could understand why others would […]

Man City and Leroy Sane Ruthlessly Exploit Numerical Advantage against Liverpool

Manchester City and Liverpool was shaping up nicely. Pep Guardiola’s men were getting their possession game going, and through the strike team of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, generating some important opportunities to score. Liverpool, meanwhile, were finding avenues into the final third through the pace of their wide men. Mohamed Salah was particularly important […]

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 […]

Arsenal Mix the Good with the Bad in Season Opener

The Premier League season opener again illustrated the qualities attached to England’s top-flight. There wasn’t necessarily much in the way of astute defending or tactical nous, but the excitement level was through the roof as Arsenal scored two late goals to claim a 4-3 win over Leicester City. The result left the home fans at […]

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. Granted they were all new signings for London clubs at the start of the […]