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Arsenal to step-up Rooney chase

Arsenal could be about to step up their interest in signing Wayne Rooney after the player revealed he was confused and angry following David Moyes’ comments about the England striker being a back up to Robin van Persie. The comments have left Wayne feeling as valued as a squad player and he wants to be the star. With two years ...

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What do Arsenal need? – more than a position

It’s the transfer window and it is widely accepted that Arsenal need to improve the spine of the team. However I’m growing tired of seeing the club linked to every striker, centre-back, keeper and central midfielder on the planet. This article is called ‘more than just a position’ and I will look at what types and styles of players I ...

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Analysing features of 4-2-3-1 and Arsenal’s usage of the formation

After watching some of the best collective performances this year with Bayern Munich’s and Brazil’s total pressing whilst keeping a disciplinary structure and beating arguably one of the most memorable teams the world has ever seen – both Barcelona and Spain – the defeated Spaniards came unstuck against the perfectly set 4-2-3-1 formation that their opposition used. Arsenal have used ...

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‘Success goes in cycles’

Growing up, the Arsenal I knew was a successful, cup winning, and league title challenging team of Invincibles. By the time I’d reached the ripe old age of 18 and football banter at school had transfigured to insightful discussions at the pub, Arsenal were well in to their 8-year baron run. I could not boast of the silverware we held ...

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Arsenal have £20million bid rejected

Arsenal have had a £20million bid rejected by Bayer Leverkusen for midfielder Lars Bender, according to German publication Express. The report from the German player suggests Leverkusen have told Arsenal he is ‘not for sale’ at any price. There was an assumption made by many that Lars Bender held a £15million release clause in his contract, but following the reported ...

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Hull City – The Team to Stay Up

After a hard fought season the Hull City AFC Tigers have finally made it back to the English Premier League.  Hull City finished the season with 79 points and 24 wins, second in both to only, Cardiff City.  Hull City might not have stellar numbers like their 13th best offense in the league, and their plus-nine goal differential, but they ...

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SCOUT: Marouane Fellaini – the perfect fit

Last week Arsenal were heavily linked with Marouane Fellaini after The Times suggested the club were favourites to sign the Belgian ahead of Chelsea, Manchester United and other suitors. When I first heard of interest I took it with a pinch of salt and moved on. Then I remembered previous I had heard on Fellaini and Arsenal – the link ...

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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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