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Rob Lyons
Rob is Pundit Arena's Manager of Quality Control and works closely with the website's remote writer base. He also regularly contributes to print and broadcast media. If you'd like to discuss writing for PA, you can contact Rob at [email protected]

Martin O’Neill Names Experimental Ireland Team To Face Iceland

Republic of Ireland Squad Training, FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin 27/3/2017 Conor Hourihane Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

With so many injuries to contend with once again, Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has been forced into selecting a less than familiar XI.  Following the huge blow that was Seamus Coleman’s injury versus Wales last Friday the first place most fans will likely look to on tonight’s team sheet is to see who has filled in for the Donegal man. …

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Martin O’Neill On Seamus Coleman’s Surgery And Timescale For Return

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/3/2017 Republic of Ireland vs Wales Ireland’s Seamus Coleman is comforted by Assistant manger Roy Keane Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Ireland’s hard-fought point against Wales paled into insignificance on Friday night once the news of a double leg break to captain Seamus Coleman was confirmed in the aftermath of the World Cup qualifier.  Neil Taylor’s collision with the Donegal man immediately had the watching Ireland and Everton fans hugely concerned, but there is now at least some semblance of positivity coming …

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Ireland Winger Aiden McGeady Wins Championship Player Of The Month Award

PRESTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Preston North End's Aidan McGeady celebrates scoring his sides third goal with his team mates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Brentford at Deepdale on February 11, 2017 in Preston, England. (Photo by Stephen White - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Castigated and celebrated in equal measure throughout his international career, Aiden McGeady is arguably the Republic of Ireland’s most marmite player when it comes to supporter opinion.  Ahead of Ireland’s qualifying campaign-defining game versus Wales later this month in Dublin, the Scotland-born wideman is, however, seemingly after hitting a new gear on loan from Everton at Preston North End. This …

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Bristol Rugby Confirm Signing Of Ian Madigan

Ireland Rugby Tour South Africa 2016 3rd Test Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Port Elizabeth 25/6/2016 South Africa Springboks vs Ireland Ireland’s Ian Madigan

With rumours of Ian Madigan leaving the Top 14 to join up with Premiership outfit Bristol gathering pace in the last 48 hours, the club have now confirmed that the Irish out-half will be leaving France to ply his trade at Ashton Gate.  Signing a three-year deal, the Dubliner will join up with his teammates this summer as he attempts …

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Chelsea Will Have To Fork Out £70m To Prise Attacker From Dortmund [Report]

DORTMUND, GERMANY- AUGUST 17: Marco Reus is seen in a recording studio during the DFL Media Day on August, 17, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images for DFL)

Despite enjoying a healthy lead over their rivals at the Premier League’s summit, Chelsea are seemingly putting the groundwork in now for an even stronger 2017/18 season. Seven points ahead of their nearest challengers, Tottenham, one player who is said to be part of Blues boss Antonio Conte’s long-term vision is Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus. According to The Express, Chelsea have been …

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Manny Pacquiao Confirms He Will Take On Amir Khan In Two Months Time

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 05: Manny Pacquiao (R) lands a right on Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that his next fight will be against British fighter Amir Khan. In what may become a more regular occurrence in years to come, the Filipino took to Twitter to announce the upcoming fight after encouraging his followers to vote for who he should take on next via the social media platform. The bout has since been …

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Manchester United Likely To Be Without Captain Wayne Rooney For EFL Cup Final

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United applauds supporters during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on February 1, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Whilst Wayne Rooney’s inclusion in the EFL Cup final versus Southampton this weekend may have been limited anyway, it now looks as though he is set to miss the match entirely.  According to The Times, a persistent muscle injury is set to keep the club captain sidelined for the final having already missed three clashes with the same complaint. Speaking on Rooney’s …

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Watch: All Three Of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Goals Versus St Etienne

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his third and his sides third goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Manchester United and AS Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on February 16, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Despite playing the majority of Thursday night’s Europa League clash with just a one-goal advantage, Manchester United alway seemed in control and will now surely advance to the last 16 barring a major upset in France in the return leg next week.  Two set-piece goals and one well-worked cross were enough for Jose Mourinho’s men to record a 3-0 victory, …

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Video: Ibrahimovic Just Scored One Of The Strangest Free-Kicks Of His Career

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Manchester United and AS Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on February 16, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The build-up to Manchester United’s last 32 Europa League clash against Saint-Etienne had centred around a certain Pogba-related rivalry, however Zlatan Ibrahimovic has, as per usual, managed to divert attention back to himself.  With United awarded a free-kick at the edge of the box inside the first 15 minutes of the game, there was only going to be one man to …

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