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Joseph Hobbs

Joseph Hobbs
English graduate, amateur writer and photographer who eats football before breakfast. Master of time zones and watching football at uncomfortably unnatural times after spending 2 years in Korea. Currently living in Amsterdam. Tweet @HoeJobbs

Walcott’s Performance vs Manchester United Gives Arsenal Fans Reason For Excitement

There was a lovely moment of camaraderie as Olivier Giroud came on for Theo Walcott in the 75th minute of Arsenal’s comprehensive 3-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday. As Walcott left the pitch to a standing ovation, Giroud grabbed his glistening head with both hands and held it firm for a second, as if clutching some delicate, priceless ornament. This …

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Six Surprise Reasons That Make Manchester United Genuine Title Contenders

In August, there was not much to suggest that Manchester United could genuinely challenge for the league this season. However, these six unlikely occurrences have rewritten the script. 1) The deadline day signing of Anthony Martial “What a waste of money” the United fans sang at Southampton after Martial grabbed his second and third goals for the club. He’s been …

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The One Statistic That Might Change Your Mind On Brendan Rodgers

Everyone wants Brendan Rodgers gone it seems. But one very simple stat suggests he’s done the best he possibly could.  After Liverpool’s uninspiring start to the season, many have taken a shallow breath and sputtered a full-time whistle for dear old Brendan Rodgers. “Rodgers out!” scream the back pages of newspapers, the disenchanted fans, the opinionated neutrals. Multiple sources have …

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Tim Sherwood – The Delightfully Strange English Schoolboy

Tim Sherwood looks a little bit like Roy Hodgson’s long lost younger brother. They both have a bit of the wise owl about their face, and indeed Roy has the brains to back this up. When traversing Europe, he managed in Sweden, France, Italy and Germany, learning each country’s respective language along the way. The only language he didn’t learn …

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Picture: Garth Crooks Has Been Playing Too Much Football Manager

Garth Crooks is a classic chunk of comical punditry, our sweet, license-fee-funded melted blob of slightly askew football facts and opinions. He once spent a minute on live TV advocating Brazil’s 4-2-1-3-1 formation without realising that makes 12 men, and now he’s made another formation mishap. In his recent Team of the Week, he’s gone for a 3-1-3-2-1 setup; or as …

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Video: Whose Bicycle Kick Was Better, Benteke’s Or Rooney’s?

There is a dearth of bicycle kicks in the Premier League. Most of the amazing acrobatic goals we are treated to here come in the form of viral videos from overseas. There are a number of reasons for this: English football favours strength over skill meaning a lack of adequate time and space for anyone to try. Utility and teamwork is …

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Jose Mourinho Is Well And Truly Losing The Plot

This has not just been a bad start for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho, it’s been a seismic and valuable commendation for English football. Most fans have now departed from the preposterous “best league in the world” narrative that has been endlessly shoved by shameless pundits, commentators and rubbish red top columnists; this heavy handed Premier League illuminati who won’t stop …

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