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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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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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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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