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 […]

Oscar Highlights his Defensive Quality in Chelsea’s Win over West Ham

After a bit of back and forth between the 4-3-3 and the 4-2-4 formations, Chelsea started the new Premier League campaign, their first under Antonio Conte, using the former. That allowed them to field a three-man midfield for the season opener against West Ham, and despite the availability of Cesc Fabregas, Conte opted to play […]

Antonio Valencia Continues to Stake his Claim for Man Utd’s Right-Back Position

As Jose Mourinho attempts to reformat his Manchester United side, he’s got a bit to think about in the fullback positions. While the left is pretty straightforward, with the return of Luke Shaw looking likely to excite the fans, the picture on the right side of defence is a little less clear. There are a […]

Spurs’ Signing Vincent Janssen Highlights Strength and Work-Rate in Pre-Season

When Vincent Janssen first signed for Tottenham Hotspur, most people referred immediately to his prolific goalscoring record in Holland. Last season, he netted an impressive 27 league goals for AZ Alkmaar, a figure that was superior to any other player in the Dutch Eredivisie. So when Tottenham lined up against Atletico Madrid in a recent […]

Despite his Dynamism, Son Heung-min still has Plenty to Prove at Tottenham

It’s an interesting time to be a wide man at Tottenham. Between guys like Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Clinton N’Jie, there certainly isn’t a shortage of options. Throw in the soon-to-be confirmed Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, and there’s something of a logjam developing on the flanks. The acquisition of N’Koudou is particularly interesting, as […]

Valencia and Payet Key to the Drama in West Ham’s Final Game at Upton Park

So much came out of West Ham’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester United on Tuesday night that it’s hard to know how well the on-pitch action will be remembered. For the most part, the talk surrounded West Ham’s last game at Upton Park, a ground that has been their home for 112 years, and while […]

Fernandinho’s Drive Essential to Man City’s Attack against Arsenal

In Manuel Pellegrini’s last ever home game as Manchester City manager, his players came out with intent. They pressed high up the Etihad Stadium pitch in a bid to win the ball back quickly against Arsenal, and for Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger, this wasn’t exactly what he anticipated. “I was surprised by the intensity of […]

A look at Arsenal’s Shortcomings against Crystal Palace

Another Arsenal season that started with massive promise has petered out. The team, as a whole, summarised this situation neatly in their recent performance against Crystal Palace, where all of the familiar ingredients for success were there but the success itself wasn’t. The Gunners had plenty of the ball, led by the reliable circulation of Mohamed […]

Arsenal Renewed by Elneny, Iwobi and a Right-Sided Sanchez

Many believe Arsenal have blown their chances of winning the Premier League title for yet another season, and they’re probably right. They’re still 11 points behind Leicester City, and even though they have a game in hand, the odds are incredibly remote. In recent weeks, though, the Gunners have experienced an upturn in form, and […]