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The essence of tactical development — the space principle

Within the ergonomics and ever-changing systems of productivity in the tactical world of football, new formulas and principles are constantly fabricated by managers and players alike in pursuit of being one step ahead of the opposition. The compendium of tactics and strategies has evolved over time from the initial, ridiculously lop-sided 1-2-7 formation of the late 1800’s, to the miraculous ...

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SCOUT: Lars Bender – the missing piece

I’ve tweeted endlessly about how Lars Bender would be one of my most desired transfers of this window, many people ask me what makes him such a special player – so I decided to blog. Standing at 6ft and at 24 years of age, the first thing you will notice about Lars Bender is his athletic build. That representation accurately ...

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BLOG: If Arsène spends, he will spend well

It has become apparent that Arsène Wenger has in the region of £70million to spend on transfers this summer and the thought of the players that could be brought in with that money has Arsenal fans drooling. As always though, negativity finds a way to manifest itself, and this time its arrival was in the form of ex Arsenal player, ...

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Koscielny quotes provide cause for concern

Laurent Koscielny was an integral part to Arsenal’s 10-match unbeaten run to make it into the Champions League qualifying positions. When combined with Per Mertesacker, the Arsenal defense was water-tight. With this kind of form under pressure, however, other clubs become interested. According to Sky Sports, the performance of the 27-year-old Frenchman has piqued the interest of the current Champions ...

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Will Arsenal really spend big this summer?

Reports surfaced this morning quoting Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal’s Chief Executive, as saying the club could spend in excess of £20m on transfer fees and £200,000 a week on wages for a single player, but only if Arsène Wenger wants to. There have been whispers protruding from the Emirates stadium for a while that the Arsenal hierarchy are looking to spend big ...

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Arsenal start to trim squad to make way for arrivals

Arsenal has begun the process of cutting the fat on their squad as they announced the departure of three players that have failed to live up to expectations. Arsenal.com originally broke the story on Wednesday that Sebastien Squillaci, Andrey Arshavin, and Denilson were all leaving the team once their contracts expire this summer.  The team thanked them for their service to the club and wished them well ...

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