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The problem with Arsenal is…

‘The problem with Arsenal is, they always try to walk it in.’ This has become the constant leading criticism of Arsenal in recent years. Alan Casey however, takes a look at the deeper issues. Everyone has an opinion on their club, even Moss from The IT Crowd. Defending their club against such put-downs seems to define them as supporters. However, …

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Pelligrini’s Night To Forget

Last night we saw a Pelligrini that we were not too familiar with. Needless to say; he had his reasons for being upset. Usually  a picture of calmness on the sidelines, some may say the Chilean was too conservative tactically last night. It was only the second time this season that he started both Gael Clichy and Aleksander Kolarov in …

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Bayern wary of Arsenal threat

Bayern Munich will be wary of the threat that Arsenal pose when they face the gunners tonight in the last 16 of the Champions League, writes Darragh Bermingham. Although the Bundesliga champions are currently undefeated in the league and well on their way to winning the title, there will be a nagging doubt in the back of their minds when …

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Reasons to be Cheerful – The Greatest Cup on Earth

Tuesday night at the Etihad, Barcelona walked into a stadium hosting its first knock out round of the Champions League and many expected Messi’s men to be beaten. Barcelona are a team in decline, people said. Mourinho pitched in saying it’s the worst Barcelona for “many, many years.” Then the drama started. For 50 minutes Man City held Barcelona quiet until …

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PA Goals of the Week 10th – 17th February

We’ve got some absolute crackers this week so sit back and enjoy. 1. Juan Cuadrado vs Udinese. Stunning strike in the Coppa Italia for Fiorentina. 2. Enzo Perez vs Sporting Lisbon. Brilliant goals helps Benfica win the Lisbon derby. 3. Mario Balotelli vs Bologna. Balotelli shows us just how good he can be with this amazing effort. 4. Craig Gardner …

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Unsung Hero of the week: Juan Antonio Pizzi

On the 1st of February this year, Barcelona suffered their first home defeat in La Liga since April 2012 at the hands of Valencia CF. While this of course, was over two weeks ago, awarding them the unsung hero award for this week would be inappropriate. In fact, it is their manager, Juan Antonio Pizzi who has earned the title …

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Jesè: The True Heir to Raùl

Real Madrid’s bright new star Jesè Rodriguez has been constantly likened to Cristiano Ronaldo throughout this season. It is true to say that the young Spaniard does share some common characteristics with his Portuguese team-mate in terms of skill, physique and power, but if the 20-year-old resembles anyone in the club’s recent history, it would have to be the club’s …

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UEFA Champions League: Ronaldo Il Fenomeno’s Hat-Trick at Old Trafford

In the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League season, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, the man dubbed “The Phenomenon”, was at the pinnacle of world football. Having scored eight goals for Brazil during their 2002 World Cup triumph in Japan, Ronaldo was rewarded with a transfer from Inter Milan to European champions Real Madrid in a deal worth 46 million euros. It …

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Predicted Squad Of Ageing Stars For Beckham’s New Franchise

News emerged last week that after a long running saga, David Beckham has confirmed that he is setting up a brand new MLS club in Miami, a team which he has openly stated to be very excited about developing. Clearly it seems to be the intention of Beckham to build a top quality squad, and apparently already has some big …

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France Football Five 24E Journée

What a week in French football!Kevin Galvin provides us with the five biggest talking points from  24E Journée. 5. Metz Get A Much Needed Win Ligue 2 leaders Metz got their first win of 2014, after a disastrous start to the calendar year, with a 2-1 win over 8th placed Caen. It took a Diafra Sakho penalty in the 56th minute to …

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