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Power Shift in North London?

The North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham is one of the most recognizable and fierce rivalries in the world. Despite both teams carrying elite status in the Premier League, Arsenal traditionally always had the edge over their rivals in past decades. However, this was certainly not the case in the most recent North London derby, the last ever one at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane. Tottenham carried out a comprehensive 2-0 win over the Gunners, who looked complacent, dull and boring going forward. It is also the first time in 22 years that St. Totteringham’s day will not be celebrated amongst Arsenal fans- the day Arsenal are guaranteed to finish above Spurs in the table. This leads to the question: is there a real shift in power between in North London?

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Wenger In or Wenger Out? – The Final Take

Wenger in or Wenger out? It’s a question many people have been asking over the last few seasons, with Arsenal not reaching the levels it once did with their long-time French manager. Let’s lay out the facts first: Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal Football Club since 1996. Since 1996! It’s been twenty years since he became the boss, and without a doubt, is one of the greatest managers Arsenal and the Premier League have seen in the modern era. He’s won the Premier League three times, and the FA cup six times. In 2003-2004, he led the Gunners to a season in which they won the league without losing a single league game. The signings he’s made since arriving is incredible. Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Sol Campbell, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, just to name a few. If you’ve been living under a cave for the past two decades, you might be saying, what’s wrong with him? What kind of ignorant fans want a manager who’s brought them immense silverware and transformed the club as a whole, thrown out the window? Well, the Wenger out supporters have a point in saying so.

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5 Takeaways from the EPL Weekend

1. Moussa Sissoko is a complete flop

High hopes surrounded Moussa Sissoko following an impressive showing with France at the 2016 European Championships. He impressed so much that Tottenham Hotspur were inspired to pay €30 million to sign him on a 5-year deal. Oh, what they would do to change that.

Sissoko has made 18 appearances for Spurs this EPL season, almost all of them coming from the bench. In those games, he has managed 0 goals. He has taken 14 shots, and only 1 of them has been on target. His crossing accuracy is 7%, and he hasn’t created a single chance all season. And for a man of his size, maybe the most disappointing statistic is that he has won just 37% of his aerial duels.

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5 Bold Predictions for the Premier League

10 games remain for most teams in the Premier League, and yet so much remains up in the air. Chelsea look poised to win the title uncontested, but the Champions League race, the relegation battle, and so much more remains undecided. Here are my 5 bold predictions for the remainder of this Premier League season: Continue reading 5 Bold Predictions for the Premier League

FA Cup Predictions

The “Final Four” of the FA Cup is set, and it is looking to be one of the best conclusions in recent memory. All the upsets and giant killers have been eliminated, and all four teams that remain are in the top 5 of the Premier League – Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester City, and Arsenal. This is far from the norm of the FA Cup; take last year for example – Crystal Palace, Watford, Manchester United, and Everton made up the semi-finalists, and none of those clubs qualified for the Champions League. It’s time to take a look at our FA Cup Predictions: Continue reading FA Cup Predictions

Twitter Reacts to Liverpool-Arsenal

Liverpool-Arsenal was easily the most hyped up game of Gameweek 27 in the Premier League. A plethora of storylines surrounded this matchup – would Liverpool bounce back? Would Arsenal lose ground in the top 4 race? Is Klopp’s job in risk? Is Wenger’s job in risk? While many of these questions are still up in the air, what we do know is that Liverpool looked convincing, as they trumped 3-1 over the gunners, with goals from Firmino, Mane, and Wijnaldum. Here are the best twitter reactions to the game: Continue reading Twitter Reacts to Liverpool-Arsenal

EPL Matchweek 27 Preview

As the season is winding down in the late stages, every point counts. Can Spurs and City continue to put the pressure on Chelsea? Can Liverpool climb back into the top 4? Will United finally get out of 6th? In fact, Everton could even come within one point of the top 6. This week’s match ups are a huge part of the journey that the Premier League season is. Here are some of the top teams’ matchups for the week: Continue reading EPL Matchweek 27 Preview

The Outcasts of the Top 6

This season, as I’ve said countless times, the top 6 teams in the EPL have looked a league above every other English team. The success of these teams has been a result of a variety of differing factors. For example, Manchester United have built their success on rotating squads and great depth, while Spurs have had a strong first team that seldom sees changes. Liverpool have built their season on high-powered attack, while Chelsea have focused on a neat and organized defense. But there is one thing these clubs have in common: their success has each come at the cost of a couple of high-quality players. We take a look at some of the promising players that just haven’t found a way to crack into their respective lineups regularly.

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EPL Hot Seat: Are These Managers on Their Way Out?

Why are so many managers under pressure in the Premier League?

This has once again been a wild season in England. Even though the top 6 has looked like they are playing at a different level than everyone else, still there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty surrounding those clubs. And as for the bottom feeders, a couple sides have already made mid-season managerial changes. But as we head into the home stretch of the 2016-17 campaign, we take a look at the four managers currently facing the hot seat: Klopp, Ranieri, Allardyce, and Wenger.  Continue reading EPL Hot Seat: Are These Managers on Their Way Out?

Is the Magic of the FA Cup Real?

The FA Cup quite a remarkable competition. Having originated 146 years ago in 1871, it is one of the oldest domestic football competitions in the world. While it cannot compare to the glories of the Champions League or a Premier League title, the competition carries a certain aura to it that other competitions like the EFL Cup (Capital One Cup) cannot easily emulate. A special characteristic of the FA Cup is that any professional team in England within the top 10 divisions is eligible to enter. This leads to rare fixtures like non-league side Sutton United facing Champions League participants Arsenal, and Lincoln City prepping for a match against Premier League opposition Burnley. Inevitably, this can lead to ‘giant killings’- massive underdogs often taking down the toughest of opposition. Dubbed the “magic of the FA Cup”, it would not be an overstatement to say this ‘magic’ is what makes the competition truly special. Continue reading Is the Magic of the FA Cup Real?