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 […]

Everton’s Strategy Leaves Them Exposed Against Liverpool’s Lively Attack

Despite Ronald Koeman’s post-match claims that he was proud of Everton’s effort in their 3-1 loss to Liverpool over the weekend, there was no escaping the fact that, in a tactical sense, he got it wrong. In a tough and occasionally even dirty Merseyside derby, the Dutchman asked his players to line up in a […]

Cesc Fabregas Highlights His Box-to-Box Ability against Swansea

Despite chalking up his 300th Premier League appearance in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Swansea on Saturday, Cesc Fabregas would have been relieved just to have found his way into the starting line-up for the encounter at Stamford Bridge. It was his first league start for Chelsea in 2017, and just his 6th for the season, […]

Man City Show the Value of Counter-Attacking for Big Teams

Football isn’t always easy for the big teams. They often come up against well organised defensive units and, most of the time, those units will sit back in a compact shape to make themselves difficult to penetrate. This means scoring isn’t a straightforward proposition, and sometimes, despite the quality of player lining up for the […]

Tottenham Combine Strategy and Execution to Dismantle Chelsea

On Wednesday night at White Hart Lane, Tottenham managed to snap Chelsea’s 13-game winning streak by propelling themselves towards a 2-0 victory. It wasn’t easy for them, especially given the intensive defensive strategies employed by both teams, but courtesy of a well-developed plan and an impressive ability to execute, Spurs managed to consign Antonio Conte […]

How Giroud’s Physicality Allowed Arsenal to Alter Approach Against West Brom

In their recent home match against West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal dominated proceedings during the first half. They passed the ball around effortlessly, controlling nearly 80% of possession in the process, and they were rarely troubled by their opposition. The likes of Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil bumped the ball around between themselves with […]

Walker and Rose Key for Tottenham in 1-1 Draw with Leicester City

Tottenham recorded yet another draw over the weekend, this time in their home encounter against Leicester City. It was the club’s fourth stalemate over their past five games, and again, the familiar problem of failing to generate high-quality opportunities in front of goal presented itself. That issue means Spurs haven’t won in any of their […]

Why Alex Iwobi is Arsenal’s Connector

Arsene Wenger thinks of Alex Iwobi as a connector. “Football is perception, decision-making and acting,” the Arsenal boss asserted. “The perception especially struck me. The perception he has of the game and the speed of his decision-making struck me. “When you look at him at first there is nothing special there. But after when you […]

A Look at How Marouane Fellaini is Finding his Place at Man Utd

Marouane Fellaini hasn’t always been the most popular player at Manchester United, but that could be about to change. He has started the new English Premier League season as a key contributor to Jose Mourinho’s revamped line-up, and the former Chelsea boss is clearly impressed with his early work. “With Fellaini I always have the […]